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INDIA, MALDIVES DEFENCE TIES

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With the recent improvement in relations, India and the Maldives will take forward several pending measures to promote defence cooperation in the next few months.

Lease of Dornier aircraft

  • The agreement for lease of a Dornier aircraft for maritime surveillance is being finalised.
  • India had sent a Letter of Exchange for a two-year lease of the Dornier at the request of Male a few years ago.
  • But the deal was not finalised by the Maldives owing to the friction in the relationship.

India’s Coastal Radar Chain Network

  • Work on the radar stations to plug the Maldives into India’s coastal radar chain is progressing fast.
  • In the aftermath of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, India began setting up the coastal radar chain network to monitor the movement of traffic on the high seas.
  • Mauritius, Seychelles and Sri Lanka have already been part of the network.
  • Terrorism is a major threat to the Maldives, and maritime security is the top-most concern.

Broad-based Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) exercise

  • A proposal for a joint humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) exercise is in the works.
  • The aim is to draft all agencies of both countries involved in the area.
  • In the recent past, the Indian Navy has become the first responder to calls for help from countries affected by natural disasters in the Indian Ocean Region.
  • The exercise is especially important owing to the increase in natural disasters in the region.

Background

  • The India – Myanmar bilateral relationship went on a downward trajectory since the Maldives started moving closer to China under the earlier regime of President Abdulla Yameen.
  • However, the relations have normalised after President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih took over in 2018.
[Source: The Hindu]

 

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