Maldives A Friend, We Share Close Ties: Eastern Navy’s CoS

The Indian Navy continues to maintain very good relations with Maldives, Vice Admiral M S Pawar, chief of staff, Eastern Naval Command, said on Thursday in response to a question on why the country didn’t participate in Milan ’18, a joint exercise of navies from across the world organized at Port Blair earlier this year.

“Even as we speak, our ship INS Sumedha is patrolling the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of Maldives with personnel of the Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF). One of our helicopters leased out to Mauritius is also doing a great job. A fishing vessel from some other country was intercepted by INS Sumedha within Maldives’ EEZ and the MNDF personnel forced it to leave.

We share bonds of friendship with Maldives and there are no maritime disputes. There is also cultural affinity between the two countries. One must realise that change is constant, and relationships also move up and down.

However, there are issues like terrorism and fundamentalism that are a menace for both India and the Maldives. The Indian Navy still trains MNDF personnel at Cochin. Nothing has changed,” Vice Admiral Pawar said. Read More…

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