Colombo National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval had a cordial and detailed discussion on bilateral partnership with Defense Minister Maria Didi of Maldives, an important bilateral country in the Indian Ocean. Doval held talks with Didi as part of the tripartite talks with India, Sri Lanka and Maldives in Colombo. It is noteworthy that Sri Lanka is hosting the fourth National Security Advisor level talks on maritime security cooperation with India and Maldives. The NSA level talks are taking place between the three countries six years after the meeting held in New Delhi in 2014. The Indian High Commission in Maldives tweeted from its official Twitter handle, "NSA Ajit Doval and Maldivian Defense Minister Maria Didi held cordial and detailed discussions to deepen bilateral partnership between India and Maldives in defense sector".
It is noteworthy that Doval arrived in Colombo on Friday for trilateral talks. The agenda of this high-level meeting includes various acts of maritime security including legal system, curbing pirates, information sharing, curbing drug trafficking. The meeting is being held in the midst of China's efforts to increase influence in the Indo-Pacific region. China considers the Maldives important in its ambitious sea silk route plan in the Indian Mahasagara, while Sri Lanka has already acquired Hambantota port and Africa's Djibouti port.