India, Sri Lanka, Maldives review maritime security environment, agree to widen areas of cooperation

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29th November, 2020 04:24:55 printer

India, Sri Lanka, Maldives review maritime security environment, agree to widen areas of cooperation

India, Sri Lanka and Maldives on Saturday reviewed the current maritime security environment in the region, exchanged views on common security threats and agreed to expand the scope of cooperation to include issues such intelligence sharing and terrorism.

During the meeting, the three countries exchanged views on common security threats and agreed to broad base cooperation in issues such as combating terrorism, radicalisation, extremism, drugs, arms and human trafficking.

The three countries also decided to hold Deputy NSA level working group meetings biannually for cooperation at operational level.

This was the first National Security Advisor (NSA) level meeting on Trilateral Maritime Security Cooperation.

According to an official statement by the Ministry of Defence, Sri Lanka, "Recognising the significance of the forum for promoting meaningful cooperation in the Indian Ocean Region on common issues pertaining to maritime security, the three countries took stock of the current maritime security environment in the region and discussed mutual cooperation in the areas of Maritime Domain Awareness, Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief, Joint Exercises, Capacity Building, Maritime Security and Threats, Marine Pollution, and Maritime Underwater Heritage. They agreed to further strengthen cooperation in dealing with these challenges, to ensure peace and security in the region for common benefit."

The Ministry further said that the three countries exchanged views on common security threats and agreed to broad base cooperation by expanding the scope to improve intelligence sharing and include issues like terrorism, radicalization, extremism, drugs, arms and human trafficking, money laundering, cyber security and effect of climate change on maritime environment.

"The Heads of Delegations agreed to meet regularly to share, discuss and ensure timely implementation of decisions taken at the meeting. They also decided to hold Deputy NSA level working group meetings biannually for cooperation at operational level," the statement read.

 

 

 


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