Six MoUs exchanged between Maldives, India

An agreement has been signed between Maldives and India on the establishment of a ferry service between the two countries.

The agreement to establish the ferry link between Cochin, India and Maldives was signed at a special ceremony held at the President's Office on Saturday evening by Transport Minister Aishath Nahula and Indian Ambassador to the Maldives, Sanjay Sudhir.

A total of six MoUs were exchanged between the two nations during the ceremony, including agreements on civil service training and capacity building, hydrography, white shipping information, and the health sector.

However, details of the agreements were not revealed.

The 10 radar systems gifted by India that are stationed across Maldives, and the Composite Training Center established in Maafilaafushi of Lhaviyani atoll were also inaugurated by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President of Maldives Ibrahim Mohamed Solih through a remote link during the same ceremony.

The MNDF Composite Training Center was established in Lh. Maafilaafushi under Indian aid of US$ 7 million.

The ten radar systems gifted by the Indian government are able to connect with other systems established in Sri Lanka, Mauritius, and Seychelles through one network and will help to monitor the Maldivian Economic Zone, MNDF has previously reported. The system will provide real-time information on vessels in the area to relevant authorities.