India, the Maldives and Sri Lanka are planning to revive their tri-nation national security adviser-level security dialogue, in the backdrop of Colombo terrorist strikes and following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s outreach to Male and Colombo, the first foreign destinations he chose to visit in his second term. The talks had been put on hold five years ago, because of the approach of the then Yameen regime in the Maldives.
Mauritius and the Seychelles might also be included in this dialogue at a later stage as was originally envisaged. Growing terror ist networks in the Indian Ocean Region and maritime security that enables India to maintain its role as the net security provider in the region will top the agenda of the tri-nation NSA dialogue and its expanded format, people familiar with the matter said. Growing terrorist network including rising presence of ISIS is a challenge for all three — India, Maldives and Sri Lanka. Read More