Maldives: foreign policy
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2020: defence deal with the USA
The US has signed a framework for defence cooperation with Maldives to deepen engagement in support of maintaining peace in the strategic Indian Ocean, the Pentagon has said, as the Trump administration looks for strengthening alliances in the Indo-Pacific to counter China’s growing presence in the region. The framework for defence and security relationship was signed between the US deputy assistant secretary of defence for south and southeast Asia Reed Werner and Maldivian minister of defence Mariya Didi. “The framework sets forth both countries’ intent to deepen cooperation in maintaining peace and security in Indian Ocean,” Pentagon said. China is eyeing to expand its influence and has taken control of Pakistan’s strategic Gwadar Port. AGENCIES