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India, Sri Lanka, Maldives sign maritime pact
July 9, 2013, 11:27 am

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The objective of the pact is to secure sea routes in the Indian Ocean region [Getty Images]

A tripartite agreement on maritime cooperation has been signed by India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives.

The objective of the pact is to secure sea routes in the Indian Ocean region.

India’s National Security Advisor Shivshanker Menon, Sri Lanka’s Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Maldives’ Minister of Defence Mohamed Nazim signed the agreement on Monday in Columbo, Sri Lanka.

“At the conclusion of the meeting an outcome document detailing specific areas of cooperation in the maritime security sphere was signed”, said a statement from Sri Lankan Ministry of Defence.

“The agreement was reached by all on the importance of raising the maritime cooperation between the three countries in the current context of maritime security environment in the Indian Ocean region”, the statement said.

New Delhi is set to host the next NSA-Level Meeting on Maritime Security between the three nations.

The deal follows several senior official and technical level consultations held among the three nations.

India’s national security advisor also met the Sri Lankan president and held bilateral meetings with the country’s Minister for Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa and the defence secretary while in the country.

Source: Agencies

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