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The Defence Minister of Maldives, Ms. Mariya Ahmed Didi inspecting the Tri-Services Guard of Honour, in New Delhi .

New Delhi. 27 January 2019. India and Maldives held substantive discussions on further strengthening bilateral defence cooperation here today. Both side agreed that the two countries would continue their traditionally close cooperation on issues of maritime security, counter-terrorism and medical cooperation. Indian Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman reiterated India’s commitment to contribute towards capacity building and training requirements of the Maldives National Defence Force

The Defence Minister of Maldives, Ms. Mariya Ahmed Didi calling on the Union Minister for Defence, Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, in New Delhi on January 24, 2019.

Earlier, Raksha Mantri received Maldivian Defence Minister Ms Mariya Ahmed Didi at South Block here today who is in India on official bilateral visit. Chief of the Army Staff General Bipin Rawat, Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa, Vice Chief of the Naval Staff Vice Admiral Ajit Kumar P and Additional Director General of the Indian Coast Guard VSR Murthy call on the Maldivian Defence Minister.

The Defence Minister of Maldives, Ms. Mariya Ahmed Didi calling on the Union Minister for Defence, Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, in New Delhi on January 24, 2019. The Defence Secretary, Shri Sanjay Mitra is also seen.

Ms Didiwill witness the 70th Republic Day Parade at Rajpath as well as visit various Indian defence institutions such as the Indian Maritime Analysis Centre in Gurugram and Army Training Command in Shimla. She will also interact with National Cadet Corps (NCC) cadets, including those from the Maldives, at the NCC Republic Day Camp.

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The Defence Minister of Maldives, Ms. Mariya Ahmed Didi laying wreath at Amar Jawan Jyoti, India Gate, New Delhi on January 24, 2019.

The second round of the India-Maldives Defence Cooperation Dialogue was also held today.  The Indian delegation was headed by Defence Secretary Shri Sanjay Mitra and Maldivian side was led by Chief of Defence Forces of Maldives Major General Abdulla Shamaal. 

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