Indian National Security Adviser Ajit Doval will be in Colombo today (27) for trilateral discussions among India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives, the Defence Ministry said.
“Sri Lanka is scheduled to host the Fouth National Security Adviser (NSA) Level Trilateral Meeting on Maritime Security Cooperation between India, Maldives and Sri Lanka on November 27 and 28 in Colombo.
India’s National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and Maldivian Defence Minister Mariya Didi are expected to lead senior level delegations to attend the Trilateral Meeting on the invitation of Defence Ministry Secretary Major General (Retd.) Kamal Gunaratne. “Delegations from Bangladesh, Mauritius and Seychelles are expected to participate as Observers,” the Defence Ministry said in a press release yesterday.
“The high-level engagement, that covers a wide range of subjects, is designed to initiate collective action on maritime security, including Maritime Domain Awareness, legal regimes, training, search and rescue, maritime pollution response, information sharing, curbing piracy, drugs, arms and contraband trafficking in the Indian Ocean Region. The Meeting is convened this year after six years since the last Meeting in New Delhi in 2014, preceded by two previous forums in Sri Lanka and Maldives respectively.