India-Maldives Relation- A Bumpy Ride!!!

India-Maldives Relation- A Bumpy Ride!!!

(GS Paper II, International Relations)

(Source- The Indian Express)

Context:

  • India and Maldives signed a pact to develop, support and maintain a Maldives “National Defence Force Coast Guard Harbour” for maritime security in the region during the visit of India’s External Affairs Minister S.Jaishankar to the Maldives.

Highlights of the pact:

  • The dockyard will be developed at the Uthuru Thila Falhu Naval Base by India.
  • This pact was a part of a defence action plan signed in 2016 during the visit of Maldives President Abdulla Yameen to India.
  • India will develop communication resources and radar services and will also provide training to the concerned authority.
  • Project Execution contract for construction of a road in the Maldives second largest populated city, Addu, was also signed.

Significance of the pact:

  • This pact will serve the strategic interest of both countries and will ensure maritime safety in the Indian Ocean Region.
  • It will create a strategic alliance that will counter the Chinese growing influence in the Indian Ocean Region.
  • It will establish India’s credibility and influence in the Indian Ocean region.
  • It will facilitate HADR (Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief) efforts.
  • It will strengthen the Maldives defence capabilities.

Background story:

  • In 2013, the Government of Maldives requested India for support and cooperation in enhancing the capabilities of the Maldives Defence Forces in Maritime surveillance.
  • The Maldives requested India subsequently in 2015 and 2016 for this development.

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ayush Sir

Plutus IAS Current Affairs Team

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