Thursday, August 20, 2009

Antony leaves for Maldives today

New Delhi, August 19
Defence Minister AK Antony would be leaving on a three-day official visit to Maldives tomorrow.

Antony would be leading a high-level delegation comprising Defence Secretary Pradeep Kumar; DG, Armed Forces Medical Services, Lt Gen NK Parmar; DG, Coast Guard, Vice Admiral Anil Chopra and Deputy Chief of Navy Staff Vice Admiral DK Joshi.
Shortly after his arrival at the Maldivian capital of Male, Antony would call on President Mohammed Nasheed. He would hold talks with the top leadership of the government and the Maldives National Defence Force.
Antony would also have bilateral discussions with his counterpart Ameen Faisal on ways of expanding defence cooperation between the two countries. He would attend the closing session of the India-Maldives Friendship function, besides paying a visit to the Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital, the most visible symbol of Indo-Maldives cooperation and friendship. — TNS

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