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India signs USD 50 million defence deal with Maldives

Agreement to boost marine capabilities of island nation
Extrenal Affairs Minister S Jaishankar with Maldives Defence Minister Mariya Didi after signing the defence deal on Sunday.
Extrenal Affairs Minister S Jaishankar with Maldives Defence Minister Mariya Didi after signing the defence deal on Sunday.
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Our Bureau, Agencies   |   New Delhi   |   Published 21.02.21, 03:14 PM

India on Sunday reiterated its commitment to the Maldives' security and signed a USD 50 million defence Line of Credit agreement with it to boost the maritime capabilities of the strategic island nation.

The USD 50 million credit line agreement for defence projects was signed between the Finance Ministry of Maldives and the Export Import Bank of India.

The signing of the agreement took place after External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar held talks with Maldivian Defence Minister Mariya Didi, Minister of Finance Ibrahim Ameer, Minister of Economic Development Fayyaz Ismail and Minister of National Planning, Housing and Infrastructure Mohamed Aslam.

Jaishnakar, who is here on a two-day visit, held a "cordial meeting" with the Defence Minister.

"Useful exchange on our defence cooperation. India will always be a reliable security partner for the Maldives," Jaishankar tweeted.

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



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