Maldives can count on India as sincere friend: Antony
India on Sunday said the Maldives can count on it as a sincere friend and the two countries can work together to tackle challleges like terrorism, piracy and drug trafficking to maintain peace and stability, amid China’s efforts to gain foothold in the region.
“India has always considered its relation with Maldives as very special,” Defence Minister A K Antony, who is in Maldives on a three—day visit, said while inaugurating ’Senahiya’, a military hospital built with Indian assistance.
“India is proud of our partnership and engagement with Maldives and deeply value the friendship of the people of Maldives. Maldives can always count on India as a sincere friend,” Antony said.
He said the two countries shared culture, folklore, trade and have fostered a close bond of friendship.PTI