Agencies, New Delhi
India and Maldives today agreed on a number of important defence and security cooperation initiatives besides agreeing to relax visa for each other’s nationals and to settle the issue of GMR investment in Male airport amicably.
The close ties between two neighbours that had developed some strain after the ouster of its first democratically elected President Mohammad Nasheed and his successor government’s decision to drive out Indian investor GMR from Male airport project were sought to be firmed up by newly elected Maldives President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom on his first visit abroad after assuming office and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
In a statement to the media after holding delegation-level talks, the two leaders made it clear that they would be deepening their defence, maritime security and economic cooperation. The bilateral cooperation on issues of common concern includes maritime piracy, terrorism, organised
crime, drugs and human trafficking.