India-Maldives sign MoU to establish Addu Tourism
On February 2, 2020, India and Maldives signed 5 Memorandum of Understandings to establish Addu Tourism in 5 islands of Addu atoll. The tourism is to be developed at a cost of 2.49 million USD. Addu is a city in Maldives that contains several inhabited Islands.
The Agreements were signed by the High Commissioner of India Sunjay Sudhir, Addu Council and the Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulla Shahid. Along with tourism, the countries also signed the 6th MoU agreement to set up a bottled water plant in Hoarafushi.
The tourism development and the water plant falls under India’s High Impact Community Development Scheme. Under the scheme India assists Maldives in developing projects based on the needs of the communities of the islands.
Maldives is located in the south of Lakshadweep islands. Also, Maldives is a neighbor. For its strategic location, it is important for India to develop cordial relations with the country. This will help India contain the increasing Chinese presence in the region. Milan is the multilateral naval exercise conducted between the countries. It is held in Andaman and Nicobar Islands
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