4th Defence Cooperation Dialogue between India and Maldives held in Male
India and Maldives held the 4th Defense Cooperation Dialogue (DCD) in Male on March 19, 2023.
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The dialogue was co-chaired by Defence Secretary Giridhar Aramane and his Maldivian counterpart, Chief of Defence Force Major General Abdulla Shamaal.
During the talks, the ongoing bilateral defense cooperation activities were reviewed.
The talks covered existing bilateral exercises, with both countries agreeing to increase the complexity of these exercises.
There is bilateral cooperation between the armed forces of India and Maldives in a number of fields, a positive sign for the future of bilateral relations.
About Defense Cooperation Dialogue (DCD)
The Defense Cooperation Dialogue is the highest institutionalized interactive mechanism between the two countries.
The Dialogue is one of India’s policy-level frameworks that aim to strengthen long-standing and mutually beneficial bilateral defence ties.
The first Defense Cooperation Dialogue was held in 2016 and the second in 2019.
Since 1988, defense and security have been a major area of cooperation between India and Maldives.
In 2016, the two countries signed a comprehensive action plan to strengthen defense partnership.
It is also called Maldives Islands, an independent island country in the north-central Indian Ocean.
It extends more than 510 miles (820 km) from north to south and 80 miles (130 km) from east to west.
Basis of economy -fisheries, tourism
Industries - handicraft or cottage including the making of coir (coconut-husk fibre) and coir products, fish canning, and boatbuilding.
President -Ibrahim Mohamed Solih
Official Language - Dhivehi (Maldivian)
Official Religion - Islam
Currency - Rufiyaa
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