India signs $50 mn defence LoC deal to boost maritime capabilities of Maldives

Jaishnakar, who is here on a two-day visit, held discussions with Maldivian defence minister Mariya Didi.
External affairs minister S Jaishankar with Maldives foreign minister Abdulla Shahid in a meeting. (@DrSJaishankar/Twitter )
External affairs minister S Jaishankar with Maldives foreign minister Abdulla Shahid in a meeting. (@DrSJaishankar/Twitter )
Published on Feb 21, 2021 01:56 PM IST
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India will always be a reliable security partner for the Maldives, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said here on Sunday, as New Delhi signed a $50 million defence Line of Credit agreement with the island nation to facilitate capability building in the maritime domain.

Jaishnakar, who is here on a two-day visit, held discussions with Maldivian defence minister Mariya Didi.

"Cordial meeting with Defence Minister @MariyaDidi . Useful exchange on our defence cooperation. India will always be a reliable security partner for the Maldives," he tweeted.

"Glad to sign with Defence Minister @MariyaDidi the UTF Harbour Project agreement. Will strengthen Maldivian Coast Guard capability and facilitate regional HADR efforts. Partners in development, partners in security," he said.

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