Ekuverin 2019: Indo Maldives joint Exercise

Indian Army and the Maldives National Defence Force participated in a Joint Military Exercise called ‘Ekuverin’ at Aundh Military Station in Pune, Maharashtra. This year was the tenth edition of the joint military exercise which was organised from 7 to 20 October 2019.

About Ex- Ekuverin

Background: The word ‘Ekuverin’ means ‘Friends’ in Dhivehi language. Indian Army and Maldives National Defence Forces have been conducting Exercise Ekuverin since 2009. The 14 days joint military exercise is held alternatively in India and Maldives. The last exercise was held in Maldives in 2018 at Northern Area Headquarters, Lh. Maafilaafush.

Objective:

  • To enhance interoperability between the forces of two countries for carrying out counter insurgency and counter-terrorism operations in a semi-urban environment under United Nations (UN) mandate.
  • To share best practices and acquaint each other with operating procedures being followed while undertaking counter insurgency and counter-terrorism operations.

Significance: India shares very close cultural, ethnic, linguistic, religious as well as commercial ties with Maldives and the joint Exercise Ekuverin will assist in further strengthening of these ties between two nations.

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