India Maldives: India and Maldives take steps to expand security partnership
Foreign Minister S Jaishankar, who is on a two-day trip to the Maldives, said on Sunday that “India and the Maldives share a deep and enduring friendship. Today, our relationship is so full of promise and opportunities for our young people and for our future generations.It is also a far-reaching partnership and a real force for stability and prosperity for the Indian Ocean region.
Jaishankar made the remarks during the inauguration of the National College of Police and Law Enforcement (NCPLE) – one of the largest Indian-funded projects in the island nation – in the town of Addu aux Maldives in the presence of Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.
He called the project “a true symbol of our development partnership” and praised the Maldives Police Service for its new training centre. On the sidelines of the inauguration ceremony, a memorandum of understanding was also signed between the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy and the Maldives Police to support the modernization of police infrastructure in the archipelago.
The project to create police infrastructure across the islands of the Maldives with funding of over $40 million from EXIM Bank of India has received the necessary approvals, the minister said.
Noting that defense cooperation is another key pillar of the partnership, Jaishankar said he would formally hand over the coastal radar system, which includes 10 radar stations, to the chief of defense forces. This system will contribute to enhancing the security of the Maldives and the entire region.
“Nine of our 20 ongoing high-impact community development projects are actually in Addu town…We have also made rapid progress on the iconic Big Man connectivity project.”