India tells Lanka, Maritime Domain Awareness system must be reviewed and expanded
Posted on January 18th, 2020

Courtesy NewsIn.Asia

Need for the inter-operability of the Coast Guards of India and Lanka was emphasized in the meeting between Ajit Doval and President Gotabaya Rajapaksa

India tells Lanka, Maritime Domain Awareness system must be reviewed and expanded

Colombo, January 18 ( India’s National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval has told the Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa that it is important that India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives review the Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) regime and include other regional countries as observers.

The MDA regimen keeps track of vessels in the area.

Doval said this, among other things, when he met President Gotabaya Rajapaksa here on Saturday. There were two meetings, the first one was one to one, and the other was in the presence of officials from both sides. The meetings were followed by a working lunch.

The Presidential Media Division said in a press release that in the cordial discussions, both countries expressed an interest in stepping up military to military corporation, maritime security and close co-operation and inter-operability between their Coast Guards.

Doval brought up the need for the inter-operability of the two Coast Guards in order to check smuggling, drug-trafficking, gun-running by Non-State Actors and illegal fishing.

India also pledged assistance to Sri Lanka in acquiring intelligence gathering technology. An USD 50 million credit line to purchase intelligence gathering equipment was reiterated. Establishment of a Maritime Research Coordinating Centre” was also discussed.

It is not known as to what other matters were discussed in the one on one meeting between the Lankan President and the Indian NSA. But in the presence of other officials, Indian fishermen’s intrusions and poaching in North Sri Lanka; Islamic terrorism and the deal to give the Eastern Container Terminal construction work to a consortium including India and Japan, were not discussed, reliable sources said.

One Response to “India tells Lanka, Maritime Domain Awareness system must be reviewed and expanded”

  1. Ratanapala Says:

    This looks like an attempt by the ever devious Indian Camel to get his head inside the Sri Lankan security tent. Sri Lanka can receive aid and other relevant assistance not only from India but also from other powerful nations but must insist that there will not be any joint work – like joint coast guard patrolling. This is how India is surreptitiously trying to take over our territorial waters under their control.

    It is true that India is our neighbour, our closest relative but also the ever-present distractor of Sri Lanka’s progress.

    Sri Lanka must strengthen her forces to meet the threat of internal terrorism, international terrorism and also the threats of other nations intent on destroying our sovereignty and territorial integrity. For this Sri Lanka can receive help from all – India, Pakistan, China, Russia, the EU and the US.

    As for Ajith Duwal – we must vary of Greeks bearing gifts!

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