India & Maldives in New Cooperation

India and Maldives today agreed on a number of initiatives to strengthen their relationship, especially  bilateral defence and security cooperation

India, Maldives agree to strengthen cooperation in defence, security, economic fields

India and Maldives today agreed on a number of initiatives to strengthen their relationship, especially  bilateral defence and security cooperation, including through training, supply ofequipment, capacity building, joint patrolling and aerial and maritime surveillance.

At talks between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Maldives President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom here, the two sides also agreed that their cooperation was indispensable for the maritime security of the two countries and essential for promoting peace, prosperity and security in the Indian Ocean region.

“We are also conscious of the need to remain vigilant against terrorism and we share the firm commitment to remain sensitive to each other’s concerns and not allow our territories to be used by any inimical quarters,” Dr Singh said later at a joint media interaction with Mr Yameen.

“As two close neighbours, the development aspirations and security interests of India and Maldives are closely linked,” he said.

This is Mr Yameen’s first state visit to any country after assuming office in November last year.

“I had the pleasure of receiving him in Delhi in August last year and we are deeply honoured that he has chosen India as his first destination as President of Maldives. I can’t think of a more apt beginning to the New Year than to welcome back in our midst the newly elected President of a very close and friendly neighbor with whom we also share very vital interests,” the Prime Minister said.

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Source: netindian.in

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