NSA Ajit Doval holds bilateral talks with Maldivian Defence Minister

The India NSA Ajit Doval has met Defence Minister of Maldives Mariya Didi and held a cordial and detailed discussion on deepening bilateral partnership with the key island nation in the Indian Ocean. The NSA Ajit Doval talks with Didi was part of a trilateral maritime dialogue among India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives being held here in the Sri Lankan capital,and he  arrived in Colombo on Friday for the trilateral maritime dialogue. As per the Sri Lanka  hosting the fourth national security advisor trilateral meeting on maritime security cooperation with India and the Maldives. The meeting is taking place after six years – the last meeting was held in New Delhi in 2014.

This meeting will create an opportunity for discussion on issues pertaining to cooperation in maritime security in the Indian Ocean region,” the MEA said in a statement. According to the statement of China the Maldives as key to its Maritime Silk Road project in the Indian Ocean as it has already acquired Hambantota port in Sri Lanka and Djibouti in the Horn of Africa. Here are all three countries also exchanged views on common security threats and agreed to broad-base cooperation by expanding the scope to improve intelligence sharing and include issues like terrorism, radicalisation, extremism, drugs, arms and human trafficking, money laundering, cyber security and effect of climate change on maritime environment, according to the statement.
The conference will provide an opportunity for discussion on issues pertaining to cooperation in maritime security in the Indian Ocean region,” the MEA said in a statement. The meeting is taking place amidst China’s attempts to spread its influence in the resource-rich Indo-Pacific region, and the Sri Lanka is website hosting the fourth nationwide safety consultant trilateral discussion on maritime safety cooperation with India and the Maldives. The assembly is going down after six years; the ultimate assembly was once held in New Delhi in 2014.

India, Sri Lanka, Maldives agree to improve intel sharing

The all three country Sri Lanka , Maldives and India on Saturday agreed to expand the scope of intelligence sharing, including terrorism and cyber security, after a meet in which they discussed “common security threats”. Foreign Minister of Sri lanka Mr Dinesh Gunawardena addressed the participants as the Chief Guest, a tweet from the Indian High Commission said. Mauritius and Seychelles were represented virtually at the senior officials’ level. According to a joint statement issued by Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Defence, the three countries—recognising the significance of the forum for promoting meaningful cooperation in the Indian Ocean Region on common issues pertaining to maritime security—took stock of the current maritime security environment in the region.
According to the statement The Heads of Delegations agreed to meet regularly to share, discuss and ensure timely implementation of decisions taken at the meeting. They also decided to hold Deputy NSA level working group meetings biannually for cooperation at operational level.
According to the statement of MEA The meeting will provide an opportunity for discussion on issues pertaining to cooperation in maritime security in the Indian Ocean region. According to the all discussions is taking about place amidst China’s attempts to spread its influence in the resource-rich Indo-Pacific region. The China  clear the statement about Maldives as key to its Maritime Silk Road project in the Indian Ocean as it has already acquired Hambantota port in Sri Lanka and Djibouti in the Horn of Africa.
The statement is clearly show that The high-level engagement covers a wide range of subjects and is designed to initiate collective action on maritime security including maritime domain awareness, legal regimes, training in search and rescue, maritime pollution response, information sharing, curbing piracy drugs arms and contraband trafficking in the Indian Ocean region. The External Affairs Ministry in New Delhi mentioned the NSA trilateral assembly had served as an efficient platform for cooperation amongst Indian Ocean nations. And The meeting will provide an opportunity for discussion on issues pertaining to cooperation in maritime security in the Indian Ocean region,” the MEA mentioned in a observation.

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