Chief of the Army Staff General Bipin Rawat left here today on an official four-day visit to the Maldives during which he will interact with the hierarchy of the Maldivian government and armed forces.
"This visit is aimed at strengthening close bilateral defence ties between the two nations," a press release from the Ministry of Defence.
The Army Chief is scheduled to meet Mr Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, President of Maldives, Ms Mariya Ahmed Didi, minister of defence, Mr Abdullah Shahid, foreign minister and Major General Abdulla Shamaal, chief of National Defence Forces.
"Maldives, due to its centrality to the Indian Ocean region, has always held prime importance for India. India extends full support to enhance capacity and capability development of Maldives army as an equal partner. Military vehicles and military equipment would be exchanged to further cement the military relationship," the release added.
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