MEA Highlights Defense & Security in Maldive

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Male: India and the Maldives today decided to highlights cooperation in various fields including defense, security, energy and health as the two nations restarted the Joint Commission talks after a hiatus of 15 years.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who is here on a two-day visit, assured the Maldives that India will always be the net security provider to the Indian Ocean archipelago.She stressed that it is also important to insulate both countries from trends towards radicalization and terrorism.

Following the meeting, the two sides signed MoUs on cooperation between Foreign Service Institutes of both countries and for cooperation sports and youth affairs.She also recalled Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s message to Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen.

Swaraj said “India attaches the highest importance to further developing and expanding its relationship with Maldives on basis of mutual trust and sensitivity to each other’s interest”. She added India has always been there for Maldives.

Top officials from the Ministries of External Affairs, Health, Commerce, Defence and Petroleum and Natural Gas also attended the meeting.

PTI

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