India, Maldives to enhance cooperation against terrorism, radicalisation

NetIndian News Network

New Delhi, February 19, 2010

India and the Maldives today resolved to enhance their cooperation to meet the challenges of terrorism and radicalisation of societies, which they said were threats that required a firm and effective response.

At a meeting between Vice-President M Hamid Ansari and his Maldivian counterpart Mohamed Waheed here, the two sides, in this context, welcomed the growing cooperation between the two countries.

The two countries also agreed to continue to cooperate closely in combating climate change, an official press release said.

Dr Waheed arrived here yesterday on his first official visit to India. He is accompanied by his wife Iham Hussain and a high-level delegation.

Recalling his visit to the Maldives in November 2008, Mr Ansari commended the country on its resolve to strengthen the pillars of democracy.

Both leaders expressed satisfaction at the state of bilateral relations between the two countries. Mr Ansari assured the Maldives of all possible assistance in its developmental efforts.

Assistance at the Government level has been supplemented by emerging partnerships and bilateral investments in the Maldives from India in the areas of infrastructure, renewable energy, housing, education and public health.

Dr Waheed also called on President Pratibha Patil, who reiterated India's support for the economic development of the Maldives. Both leaders recalled the traditionally close and friendly relations between India and the Maldives, and welcomed the recent impetus given to this relationship in a range of new areas, especially infrastructure development, renewable energy and housing.

External Affairs Minister S M Krishna also called on Dr Waheed. Later in the evening, Dr Waheed attended a banquet hosted in his honour by Mr Ansari.

Dr Waheed is slated to address a meeting organised by the Observer Research Foundation tomorrow. He will also visit Amritsar, Bangalore and Mysore before he returns home.