India, Maldives and Sri Lanka trilateral meeting on maritime security begins
A trilateral meeting on maritime security cooperation between India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives started on Saturday, the Indian High Commission said.
Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena was the main guest of the event.
India is represented by the national security adviser Ajit Doval, who arrived here yesterday. While Maldives Foreign Minister Mariya Didi and Sri Lankan Secretary General of Defense (retired) Kamal Gunaratne represented their countries during the talks.
“The trilateral meeting between India, Sri Lanka and Maldives on maritime and security cooperation is launched. Minister @DCRGunawardena was the main guest of the event, ”the high commission tweeted.
This will be the first meeting at the NSA level on Trilateral Maritime Security Cooperation. In addition to Doval, the Secretary General of Defense of Sri Lanka (Retd).
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MEA) said the trilateral meeting at the NSA level has served as an effective platform for cooperation among the Indian Ocean countries.
The mechanism is being revived after six years, as previous meetings were held in 2011 in the Maldives, in 2013 in Sri Lanka and in 2014 in India.