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The National Security Adviser of India, Mr. Shivshankar Menon, visited Colombo, the capital city of Sri Lanka on July 8-9 to participate in the 2nd NSA-Level Meeting on Trilateral Cooperation on Maritime Security between India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives. Committed to "addressing the common maritime challenges in the Indian Ocean region," the three delegations "agreed on a roadmap for future cooperation in maritime security," said an official statement.
As a result, they signed an Outcome Document outlining further collaborative measures in the areas of inter alia Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA); strengthening coordination of maritime Search and Rescue (SAR); promoting marine oil pollution response cooperation; expanding 'DOSTI' (friendship) exercises; sharing of information on illegal maritime activities; and piracy. During his visit, Mr. Menon met with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and other prominent members of the Sri Lankan government. They "reviewed the progress in bilateral cooperation," and discussed the ongoing issues of IDPs and fishermen. They insisted on the necessity not to "resort to violence under any circumstances."
The next NSA-Level Meeting on Trilateral Cooperation on Maritime Security between India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives will take place in New Delhi "at a mutually convenient time."
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