Trilateral Maritime Security Cooperation talks

  • National Security Adviser of India will be in Colombo for trilateral discussions among India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives.
  • This latest meeting of the Indian Ocean neighbours marks the resumption of the NSA-level trilateral Maritime Security Cooperation talks, after six years. The last such discussion was held in New Delhi in March 2014.
  • The initiative began in 2011 and top officials met regularly until New Delhi’s relations with the former Abdulla Yameen administration in Male deteriorated.
  • Significantly, the meeting comes months after the Maldives signed a defence deal with the U.S.

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