The 5th NSA-level meeting of the Colombo Security Conclave founded by India, Sri Lanka and Maldieves in 2017, has decided to work in the areas of Maritime Safety and security and Countering terrorism and radicalization.
In the statement released at the end of the two-day meeting of the NSAs in Male, the capital of Mauritius, the CSC member countries outlined the pillar of cooperation.
The areas on which the member countries will work also include Combating Trafficking and Transnational Organised Crime, cyber security, Protection of Critical Infrastructure and Technology, Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief
The Maldives government posted the pictures of the conference and Ajit Dovals meeting with defence minister Maria Didi on Twitter:
Min. @MariyaDidi met w/ India's NSA HE Ajit Doval. The Min. noted— Ministry of Defence (@MoDmv) March 10, 2022
the robust 🇮🇳🇲🇻 Def+Sec Partnership & expressed hope for continued collaboration & dynamism in enforcing #ColomboSecurityConclave's Charter & 4 Pillars of Cooperation. @HCIMaldives @CDFofMNDF @MNDF_Official pic.twitter.com/V3Bk63xEWv
Besides NSA Ajit Doval, the conclave was also attended by Mariya Ahmed Didi, Minister of Defence of Maldives, General Kamal Gunaratne (Retd.), Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, Sri Lanka; and Kumaresan Ilango, National Security Adviser to the Republic of Mauritius.
Mauritius was inducted as the newest member of the Conclave at its two-day meeting of the NSAs.
Delegations from Bangladesh and Seychelles participated as Observers.
As maritime neighbours, facing similar threats, the Conclave reaffirmed their commitment to engage in consistent joint efforts to achieving regional peace and security.