India on Sunday signed a $50 million [approximately Rs 3,600 crore] defence Line of Credit arrangement with the Maldives to help with the nation’s ability structure in the maritime domain, reported. India’s External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, who remains in Male on a two-day check out, likewise held conversations with Maldives’ Defence Minister Mariya Didi.
“Glad to sign with Defence Minister Mariya Didi the UTF Harbour Project agreement,” Jaishankar tweeted. “Will strengthen Maldivian Coast Guard capability and facilitate regional HADR efforts. Partners in development, partners in security.”
In another tweet, the Indian foreign minister composed: “Cordial meeting with Defence Minister Mariya Didi. Useful exchange on our defence cooperation. India will always be a reliable security partner for Maldives.”
Didi likewise reacted to Jaishankar’s tweet, inviting him to the nation’s defence ministry. “From time immemorial Defence Cooperation has been a key element of the sisterly relationship that exists between India and Maldives. The Coast Guard Harbour and Dockyard at SIFAVARU will mark another significant milestone.”