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The Maldives and India share geographical proximity and a long history of defence and military cooperation. The Maldives is a strong advocate to maintain and sustain Indian Ocean as a Zone of Peace. Both countries have been conducting joint military exercises for a long time. Towards the end of 2017 a two week long joint military exercise concluded in Belgaum in the South Indian state of Karnataka. Code named 'Ekuverin', which means 'friends' in Maldivian language, the joint exercise in which the Indian Army and the Maldives National Defence Forces participated was aimed at conducting counter-insurgency and counter-terrorist exercises.
-H.E. Mr Ahmed Mohamed, Ambassador of Maldives to India