India, Maldives sign six key agreements

India and Maldives relation in a new direction



India, Maldives sign six key agreements

  • Prime Minister of India visit to the Maldives, his first state visit abroad since being re-elected to office, was marked by the signing of six key agreements and substantive bilateral level talks, reaffirming cooperation between the two countries.
  • Addressing the Maldivian parliament, the Majlis, He said the relations between India and the Maldives are older than history.

  • “Today I want to emphasise that every Indian is with you for the strengthening of democracy in the Maldives,” he said.

 The Memoranda of Understanding

  • The Memoranda of Understanding covered areas such as hydrography, health, passenger and cargo services by sea, capacity-building in customs and civil service training.
  •  A technical agreement on sharing ‘White Shipping Information’ between the Indian Navy and the Maldives National Defence Force was also signed to facilitate exchange of prior information on the movement of commercial and non-military vessels.
  • Both Prime Minister jointly inaugurated a Coastal Surveillance Radar System and a training facility of the Maldives National Defence Force by remote link.
  • “Both leaders welcomed the signing of the $800-million Line of Credit Agreement in March 2019 for assisting the Maldives in achieving sustainable social and economic development.

Way forward

  •  The leaders stressed the need to work towards expeditious implementation of people-centric and socio-economic projects.
  • While his visit is seen as underscoring government’s “neighbourhood first policy” which promote full support towards deepening the multifaceted, mutually beneficial partnership between India and the Maldives.

Point to remember

  • 6 key agreements

 

Point to refer

  • India’s neighbourhood policy