Mumbai: In a recent development, India and the Maldives on Friday held a meeting of the Joint Working Group on Counter-Terrorism, Countering Violent Extremism and De-radicalization to strengthen the cooperation needed to tackle common threats arising from terrorism and fundamentalism.
“The two sides have agreed that the Counter-Terrorism Counter-Countering Group, Countering Violent Extremism and De-Radicalization, an early date to strengthen the cooperation necessary to combat common threats posed by terrorism, radicalization and drug trafficking,” said a joint statement issued on Friday after the 6th Joint Commission Meeting (JCM) between India and the Maldives.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid co-chaired the 6th JCM between India and the Maldives, earlier today.
Highlighting that the JCM was discussed in a friendly atmosphere, the statement said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ibrahim Mohammad Solih have met on four occasions in the past year “giving bilateral importance to both India and Maldives Illustration of supreme importance ”relationship. ”
The two sides also said that India’s Neighborhood First ‘policy and Maldives’ India First’ policy are working together to further strengthen a dynamic, multifaceted and mutually beneficial partnership, which is based on mutual trust, understanding and On the basis of sensitivity affects each other.”
In addition, it was claimed that Indo-Maldives’ defence cooperation included major infrastructure projects such as the MNDF, and the construction of the Composite Training Center (CTC) for the Ministry of Defense Building, and the Coastal Surveillance Radar System (CSRS). Establishment as well as training programs, joint exercises, medical camps etc.
The two ministers acknowledged that “Indian Navy helicopters and the Indian Coast Guard have so far provided medical care to save the lives of more than 240 people.”
While appreciating the training programs run by the BCCI for the development of cricket in the Maldives, JCM reviewed the progress of the development of the cricket stadium at Hulhumale.
“The restoration of the Hukuru Miskia / Friday Mosque was recognized as a priority and the JCM welcomed the fact that an Indian technical team is already in Male for its preservation. The discussion focused on organizing the India Festival in the Maldives in 2020 Was. “Said the statement.
The JCM also welcomed the exchange of justifications for the Memorandum of Understanding between the Financial Intelligence Units of India and Maldives and the Election Commission of India and the Election Commission of Maldives on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters.
“The Maldives side has acknowledged the usefulness of the CGS Kamiyab gifted by the Government of India to enhance its maritime security,” the statement said.
“Referring to the increase in the number of tourists from both sides in 2019 and the adoption of the RuPay mechanism by the Maldives,” the statement said, adding that it is a strong people-to-people contact between the two countries.
Both sides agreed to expedite work on the construction of a state-of-the-art cancer hospital at Hulhumale.
“The Maldives side acknowledged the important role played by Indian nurses in their health sector and discussed how to streamline the recruitment of nurses from India,” the statement said. The staff of Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH) assured their continued support to meet the requirements.
“The restoration of the Hukuru Miskiya / Friday Mosque was recognized as a priority and JCM welcomed the fact that an Indian technical team is already in Male for its preservation. The discussion focused on organizing India Festival in the Maldives in 2020 Was,” it said.