India-Maldives Sign Defence Cooperation Plan: Understanding The Significance
A year after Prime Minister Narendra Modi cancelled his bilateral visit to Maldives due to the political turmoil in the island country, New Delhi and Male patched up its ties and signed a crucial action plan on defence cooperation on Monday. This was signed after the bilateral conversation between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the visiting Maldives President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom on Monday.
New Delhi is viewing its relationship with Male from the strategic and security prism, and the new action plan has been developed in the wake of growing Chinese influence in the island country. So, it has shed its earlier reservations on the political environment, and Yameen acknowledged Delhi's support at the Commonwealth grouping on this issue.