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Overview of 6th India-Maldives Joint Commission Meeting held in New Delhi

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On December 13, 2019 Minister of External Affairs(MEA) Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar and Maldives Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid co-chaired the 6th Joint Commission Meeting (JCM) between India and Maldives in New Delhi. The meeting was held on part of Abdulla Shahid’s 5 day (December 10-14) official visit to India. The meeting was held after a gap of 4 years. The meeting in brief are as follows:

3 MoUs signed during JCM:
India and Maldives signed 3 Memorandum of Understanding during the meeting and are as follows:

Si.No MoU signed Field Indian side MoU signing
1 Cooperation between the election commissions of India and Maldives. Shri Chandra Bhushan Kumar, Deputy Election Commissioner(EC)
2 Cooperation between their Financial Intelligence Units(FIU) of India and Maldives. Shri Pankaj Kumar Mishra, Director of FIU
3 Instrument of Ratification(also MoU) for the treaty on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters of India and Maldives. Ambassador of India in Maldives, Shri Sunjay Sudhir

Key highlights of the meeting

  • Working on extension of National Knowledge Network (NKN) to Maldives to strengthen academic, research and commercial links between the two countries was agreed.
  • India and Maldives agreed to work on the construction of a state-of-the art Cancer hospital in Hulhumale, Maldives. The govt also plans to recruit Indian nurses to Maldives in this regard.
  • Both the nations discussions on organizing the Festival of India in Maldives in 2020.
  • 7th JCM meet: The 7th edition of the JCM meeting between India and Maldives was decided to be held in the Maldives in 2021.
  • Meet with PM Modi: Abdulla Shahid met Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi where India’s commitment to partner the Government of the Maldives for a strong, democratic, prosperous and peaceful Maldives was reiterated. Click here to know more.