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NSA Doval holds bilateral talks with Maldivian Defense Minister | India News


COLOMBO: National Security Advisor Ajit Doval met with Maldivian Defense Minister Mariya Didi and had a cordial and detailed discussion on deepening the bilateral partnership with the key island nation in the Indian Ocean.
The Doval talks with Didi were part of a trilateral maritime dialogue between India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives taking place here in the Sri Lankan capital.
Sri Lanka hosts the fourth trilateral meeting of national security advisers on maritime security cooperation with India and the Maldives.
The meeting takes place after six years: the last meeting was held in New Delhi in 2014.
“The NSA #AjitDoval and @MariyaDidi, Minister of Defense of #Maldives had a cordial and detailed discussion on the deepening of the bilateral partnership between India and the Maldives on defense and security,” the Indian High Commission on Maldives said in a tweet.

Doval arrived in Colombo on Friday for the trilateral maritime dialogue.
The high-level engagement covering a wide range of topics is designed to initiate collective action on maritime safety, including maritime domain awareness, legal regimes, search and rescue training, marine pollution response, information exchange, control of piracy, drugs, weapons and smuggling in the Indian Ocean region.
On Thursday, the New Delhi Foreign Ministry said the trilateral meeting at the NSA level had served as an effective platform for cooperation among the Indian Ocean countries.
“The meeting will provide an opportunity to discuss issues related to maritime security cooperation in the Indian Ocean region,” the MEA said in a statement.
The meeting comes amid China’s attempts to extend its influence in the resource-rich Indo-Pacific region.
China regards the Maldives as key to its Maritime Silk Road project in the Indian Ocean, having already acquired the port of Hambantota in Sri Lanka and Djibouti in the Horn of Africa.

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