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Indian Army Chief begins visit to Maldives

india Updated: Feb 12, 2007 19:03 IST
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As part of moves to bolster security dialogue and interaction with immediate neighbours, Army Chief Gen JJ Singh has begun a weeklong visit to Maldives.

During his stay on the Indian ocean island archipelago, Singh would hold confabulations with the nation's National security Chief and also call on the President Mammon Abdul Gayoom.

Army Chief's trip to the island follows visits by the the former Defence and now External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee and former Naval Chief Admiral Arun Prakash.

India recently gifted an offshore patrol vessel to the Island nation and has also trained and armed its National security force personnel.

The high level visits are also part of moves to bolster military inter-action with the neighbours to neutralise growing Chinese diplomacy to gain influence in the Indian Ocean area.