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Defence secretary’s visit to Maldives

Date: 17 February 2022 Tags: Miscellaneous

Issue

India’s Defence Secretary Dr Ajay Kumar visited the Maldives to participate in the second Defence Cooperation Dialogue. 

 

Background

The secretary will hold deliberations with the Maldives National Defence Force under Defence Cooperation Dialogue.

 

Details

  • The Defence Cooperation Dialogue is a policy frame-work of India to strengthen long-standing and mutually beneficial bilateral defence ties. 

  • This will be the third edition of Defence Cooperation Dialogue. The first Defence Cooperation Dialogue was held in 2016 and the second DCD was held in January 2019.

 

Components of visit

  • The defence secretary will meet Foreign minister, defence minister and also Chief of Defence Force of the Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF).

  • The refitted CGS Huravee ship will be handed over to Maldives. The ship was gifted in 2006 and is used for offshore patrolling.

  • The secretary will hand over 2.8 tons of medical equipment to the Maldives for use by the Senahiya Hospital run by the MNDF in Male. 

  • He will inaugurate the Phase -I extension of the Composite Training Centre (CTC) of the MNDF, which was constructed using Indian grant.

 

India-Maldives cooperation

  • Major area of cooperation is defence and security. India assists the Maldives with defence training and equipment requirements. 

  • Majority of training for Maldivian National Defence Force (MNDF) is provided by India. Both countries have signed a comprehensive action plan to consolidate defence partnership.

 

Importance of Maldives

Maldives lies at the intersection of commercial sea-lanes running through the Indian Ocean, making it vital for India’s strategic interests.