17 April 2013

India: India Stands Committed to Enhance Defence Co-operation with Maldivies - Antony

The Minister of Defence and National Security of the Republic of Maldives, Mr. Mohamed Nazim had a one hour long meeting with the Defence Minister Shri AK Antony at South Block on Monday, 15 April, 2013, followed by a meeting with the Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee and CAS and the Vice Chiefs of Army and Navy and DG, Coast Guard. The Maldivian Minister is on a 4 day official visit to India during which he would be visiting military establishments in various parts of the country. 

During the meeting with Shri Antony on 15 April, the Maldivian Minister was accompanied by the High Commissioner of Maldives in India and other senior officers of the Maldivian National Defence Forces. On the Indian side, Defence Secretary, DGAFMS , the Indian High Commissioner in Male and senior officers of the Armed Forces and from the Ministry of Defence and External Affairs were present. The official meeting was preceded by the Maldivian Defence Minister's visit and laying of a wreath at the Amar Jawan Jyoti and a ceremonial tri-Service Guard of Honour at South Block. 

During the meeting, both sides noted that defence cooperation between India and Maldives has been growing over the years, to the mutual benefit of both sides. As close neighbours sharing common security concerns, there is scope to further develop the relationship in mutually agreed areas. Shri Antony conveyed that India stands committed to enhance the ongoing defence and security partnership with Maldives. Ongoing exchanges between the Armed Forces of both sides in areas of training, exercises and strengthening of infrastructure and capabilities were reviewed by both Ministers. It was decided to take measures to further enhance such exchanges. Both sides also agreed that there is a need for India and Maldives to continue to work together to tackle security concerns, in the interests of peace and stability in the region. 

Shri Antony is hosting a banquet in Honour of his Maldivian Counterpart this evening.