Ajit Doval participates in tripartite maritime meeting in Sri Lanka with Maldives

Ajit Doval also met Sri Lankan Secretary General of Defense Kamal Gunaratne on Friday.

Colombo:

National security adviser Ajit Doval took part in high-level trilateral maritime talks between India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives on Saturday.

Sri Lanka hosts the Fourth Trilateral Meeting on Maritime Security Cooperation with India and Maldives.

The meeting takes place after six years – the last meeting was in 2014 in New Delhi.

“The tripartite meeting on maritime and security cooperation between India, Sri Lanka and Maldives is underway,” the Indian High Commission in Colombo said in a tweet.

Sri Lankan Foreign Minister and Leader of the House of Parliament Dinesh Gunwarden was the main guest of the event.

Observers from Bangladesh, Mauritius and Seychelles will attend the meeting, the Sri Lankan military said Thursday.

Ajit Doval, who arrived in Colombo for a dialogue on Friday, met with Maldives Defense Minister Maria Didi on Friday and had cordial and detailed discussions on deepening the bilateral partnership with the main island nation in the Indian Ocean. .

Ajit Doval also met Sri Lankan Defense Secretary General (Retired) Kamal Gunaratne on Friday and he agreed on a number of steps to further strengthen the “valuable” cooperation between the two countries, which is a measure peace and security in the region. Also contributes to.

In a tweet, the Indian High Commission in Colombo said: “NSA Ajit Doval met with Sri Lankan Defense Secretary General (Retired) Kamal Gunaratne and discussed issues related to the growing partnership in defense and defense. security between the two countries. ”

High-level tripartite meeting designed to launch collective action on maritime safety, including maritime safety, legal system, search and rescue training, maritime pollution response, information sharing, response against piracy, drug weapons in the Indian Ocean region and accidental smuggling Has been.

On Thursday in New Delhi, the Ministry of External Affairs said the trilateral NSA-level meeting served as an effective forum for cooperation among Indian Ocean countries.

“The meeting will provide an opportunity to discuss issues related to maritime security cooperation in the Indian Ocean region,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The meeting takes place amid China’s efforts to expand its influence in the resource-rich Indo-Pacific region.

China considers the Maldives to be important for its Indian Ocean Silk Road project as it has already acquired the Port of Hambantota in Sri Lanka and Djibouti in the Horn of Africa.

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