India, Sri Lanka and Maldives agree to bolster maritime security cooperation

NEW DELHI: National Security Advisor

Ajit Doval

on Saturday took part in the trilateral maritime dialogue in Colombo among

India

,

Sri Lanka

and the

Maldives

eyeing to counter terrorism & radicalism through effective intelligence cooperation. The partnership also assumes significance amid Beijings growing ambitions in the Indo-Pacific region including

Indian Ocean Region

.

The dialogue was held here after a gap of six years. The last meeting was held in New Delhi in 2014.

The discussions of the trilateral meeting were formalised through signing of the minutes by Doval, Sri Lankan Defence Secretary Major Gen (Retd.) Kamal Gunaratne and Maldivian Defence Minister Mariya Didi.

Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena addressed the meeting as the chief guest. Foreign Secretary Admiral Prof. Jayanath Colombage also attended the event.

The meeting was attended by observers from Bangladesh, Mauritius and Seychelles. This is significant as India is often regarded a net security provider in the region.

Doval, who arrived in Colombo on Friday for the dialogue, on Friday met Didi and held a cordial and detailed discussion on deepening strategic & security partnership.

Doval also met Gunaratne on Friday and they agreed on several steps to further strengthen the "valuable" cooperation between the two countries which also contributes to peace and security in the region.

"NSA Ajit Doval met Major Gen(Retd.) Kamal Gunaratne, Defence Secretary of SriLanka & discussed matte....

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