Press Release-Posted by-Neelam Mathews
Sept 17, 2012
Continuing with his dialogue on defense cooperation with the top leadership of Maldives, the Defense Minister AK Antony today called on the President Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik In Male’ today.
|The pictures are by Sitanshu Kar, who we hope, took some time off to dive!|
The 30-minute meeting was attended among others by the Vice President Mohamed Waheeduddeen and the Defence Minister Col (Retd) Mohamed Nazim.
The Indian delegation included Defence Secretary Shashi Kant Sharma, FOC-in-C Western Naval Command Vice Admiral Shekhar Sinha and High Commissioner DN Mulay.
The meeting ended with the two Defense Ministers exchanging the agreement, in the presence of the President, to station the Indian Coast Guard Advanced Light Helicopter in Maldives for a further period of two years.
Antony, accompanied by his Maldivian counterpart Mohamed Nazim, flew down to the picturesque Maafilaafushi island in a seaplane and laid there the foundation stone of the Composite Maritime Training Academy of Maldives. The Academy, to be built in three phases, with assistance from India, will train personnel from Maldives Coast Guard and Marine Police.