Maldives declines India’s invite for multilateral naval exercise ‘Milan’: Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba

Navy chief Sunil Lanba

New Delhi, Feb 27:  Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba on Tuesday said Maldives has declined India’s invitation to participate in the multilateral Naval exercise ‘Milan’. 

“Maldives was sent an invitation to attend ‘Milan’, a multilateral Naval exercise hosted by Indian Navy but it declined the invitation”, he stated.

Meanwhile, speaking about Chinese activities in the Indian Ocean region, he said their pattern of deployment has remained same since many years. At any time, there are 8-10 ships in the Indian Ocean.

Aiming to boost regional cooperation and combat unlawful activities in critical sea lanes, India will host navies from at least 16 countries for an eight-day mega naval exercise starting from 6th to 13th March.

Participating countries include Australia, Malaysia, Mauritius, Myanmar, New Zealand, Oman, Vietnam, Thailand, Tanzania, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Kenya and Cambodia.


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