Maldives has declined an invitation to join the MILAN series of multilateral exercises to be hosted by the Indian Navy in March off the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
The Maldives Ambassador clarified that it was due to the state of emergency in his country.
Know about MILAN:
- MILAN is a congregation of littoral navies conducted biennially by the Navy under the aegis of the Andaman and Nicobar Command, which began in 1995.
- MILAN 2018 will be held from March 6-11.
- This year 23 countries have been invited, of which 16 have confirmed so far.
Previous military exercise:
India, Maldives bilateral military exercise EKUVERIN 2017 was held in India in Belagavi, Karnataka. The aim of the exercise was to conduct military training between armies of both countries with emphasis on counter insurgency, counter terrorism operations (CICT Ops)
Know about Maldives:
The Maldives is a tropical nation in the Indian Ocean composed of 26 ring-shaped atolls, which are made up of more than 1,000 coral islands. It’s known for its beaches, blue lagoons and extensive reefs.
17th-century Hukuru Miskiy (also known as Friday Mosque) made of carved white coral.