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Current Affairs

Maldives and India

Date: 06 October 2019 Tags: India & World

Issue

 Maldivian parliamentary Speaker and former President Mohammed Nasheed distanced Maldives from endorsing the statement issued by the Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC) criticising India for its Kashmir action.

 

Background

Mr. Nasheed’s Maldivian Democratic Party, that came to power in September 2018, has effected a marked improvement in India-Maldives ties in the past year.

 

Details

  • Mr Nasheed has said that the issue is a internal matter specific to India and other countries had no role in interfering in the matter.

  • He also described China’s actions and investments in Maldives as more exploitative than East India Company, which triggered a strong opposition from Chinese ambassador to Maldives.

 

Bilateral relations

 

Strategic and Military

  • Ekuverin, an annual joint military exercise is held every year since 2009 between India and Maldives.

  • India will permanently base two helicopters in the country to enhance its surveillance capabilities and ability to respond swiftly to threats.

  • The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) will carry out regular Dornier sorties over the island nation to look out for suspicious movements or vessels. The Southern Naval Command will overlook the inclusion of Maldives into the Indian security grid.

Commercial

  • India established the Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital in Malé, the capital of Maldives, expanded telecommunications and air links and increased scholarships for Maldivian students.

  • India and Maldives have announced plans to jointly work to expand fisheries and tuna processing.