India, Maldives sign $50 Million Defence Agreement to boost maritime capabilities

India, Maldives sign $50 Million Defence Agreement to boost maritime capabilities

On Sunday, India signed a USD 50 million defence Line of Credit agreement with Maldives to facilitate capability building in the maritime domain. The External Affairs Minister of India, S Jaishankar said that India will always be a reliable security partner for the island nation.

External Affairs Minister of India S Jaishankar is on a 2 day visit to Maldives. On his visit he held discussions with Maldivian Defence Minister Mariya Didi.

Jaishankar wrote on the micro blogging site, “Cordial meeting with Defence Minister @MariyaDidi . Useful exchange on our defence cooperation. India will always be a reliable security partner for the Maldives.”

New Delhi signed the agreement with Maldives during his visit. The External Affairs Minister confirmed this news and tweeted, “Glad to sign with Defence Minister @MariyaDidi the UTF Harbour Project agreement. Will strengthen Maldivian Coast Guard capability and facilitate regional HADR efforts. Partners in development, partners in security.”

After signing the agreement, Jaishankar met with the Speaker of the People’s Majlis, Mohamed Nasheed. The External Affairs Minister tweeted about the meeting and said, “Delighted to meet Speaker @MohamedNasheed As always full of ideas & energy. Told me that building democracy was the big project in Maldives. And that India is a valuable development assistance partner.”

Mohamed Nasheed, also the fourth President of the Maldives, said that, “I have always believed Dr. Jaishankar to be one of the best thinkers in statecraft and international diplomacy. So nice to have you @DrSJaishankar in Male’ today.”

EAM Jaishankar also met with a delegation of PPM & PNC leaders in Maldives.

Jaishankar is on a 2 day visit to Maldives, which was scheduled after he was invited to the island nation by Maldivian counterpart Abdulla Shahid. The Minister was received at the Velana International Airport by Abdulla Shahid, Ahmed Khaleel (Minister of State for Foreign Affairs), Foreign Secretary Abdul Gafoor Mohamed and Maldivian High Commissioner to India Hussain Niyaz.

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