Lucknow: India and Madagascar on Thursday discussed maritime security cooperation, as part of their efforts to ramp up defence presence in western Indian Ocean.
On the second day of DefExpo, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh held dialogue with Lt Gen Rokotonirina Richard, his counterpart in Madagascar, an Indian Ocean island nation off the coast of East Africa and discussed a gamut of issues related to strategic partnership. During the discussions, Singh stressed on enhancing ties in maritime security cooperation in the region.
Singh said as maritime neighbours both countries have responsibility to ensure a secure maritime environment so that trade and commerce flourish.
Underlining the Indian president’s visit to Madagascar in March 2018, he said the historic visit reaffirmed the excellent bilateral relationship between the two nations. He emphasised that the MoU signed during the visit provided an enabling framework for defence cooperation between the two sides.