Combating terrorism and radicalisation, enhancing India's involvement in major infrastructure projects like development of ports and Special Economic Zones in Maldives figured prominently in the talks but the central focus was on defence and security ties.
Listing details of the outcome of the deliberations, Modi, at a joint press interaction with Yameen, said India "understands its responsibility as a net security provider in the Indian Ocean Region and India is fully ready to protect its military interest in this part of the globe."
Relations between India and Maldives hit a rough patch after PM Modi had cancelled a trip to that country last year following the arrest former president Mohamed Nasheed. There has been apprehension in the establishment here about China's growing involvement in the Indian Ocean region and in Maldives.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had visited Maldives in October last year, in a bid to improve ties with the strategically located country, where China has been trying to expand influence.
The Prime Minister, without elaborating, said a concrete action plan for stepping up defence cooperation has been arrived at whose early implementation will significantly strengthen the ties.

"It is an important day in the history of cooperation between India and Maldives," PM Modi said, asserting that contours of the ties between the two countries "is defined by engament in military, defence and economic speheres."

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