India and the Maldives have agreed to increase bilateral cooperation in the fields of prevention of drug trafficking, coastal security, disaster management and control of organised crimes, including terrorist activities.
This understanding was reached during the recent two-day visit of Home Secretary VK Duggal to the Maldives with both sides hoping to evolve an institutionalised mechanism soon for this purpose.
Home ministry officials said the Indian side assured Maldives of continued support in capacity building of their civilian police, particularly in areas of scientific investigation of crime and setting up of forensic facilities.
In this connection, a team of forensic experts will visit Maldives next month.
India is the largest source of manpower recruitment for the Maldives and sees the country vital for the strategic security scenario in the Indian Ocean region.
In the past, India and the Maldives have signed a number of agreements in areas such as information technology, customs, culture, and air service. India is also helping the Maldives in the implementation of a number of projects under an agreement on economic and technical cooperation.