The exercise is taking place in the backdrop of China's growing military posturing in the Indo-Pacific region and officials indicated that the issue is likely to figure during deliberations at the event.
Australia, Malaysia, Mauritius, Myanmar, New Zealand and Oman are among countries that have confirmed their participation in the joint activity that starts on 6 March in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
However, he asserted that Maldives and India enjoy a "long history of excellent defence and military cooperation and it is a tradition that we are confident that will endure and continue indefinitely".
He said that China has been conducting anti-piracy patrols in Indian Ocean and that India has been monitoring their movements. The development comes a few days after President Abdulla Yameen declared a state of emergency. The opposition alliance, which includes the parties of former presidents Mohamed Nasheed and Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, said they had enlisted British lawyer Ben Emmerson to advise them on securing United Nations mediation in the crisis, reported AFP. MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar had said India is keeping an eye on the situation and desires to see that democracy is fully restored in Maldives. Despite New Delhi's appeal, Maldives government has even extended the state of emergency citing security concerns. "The assertion by the Government of India that the extension of the State of Emergency by the People's Majlis was unconstitutional is a clear distortion of facts, which ignore the Constitution and Laws of the Maldives", the Maldives government had said in a statement.
The decision by Maldives has come at a time when there are concerns that China may be interfering with the affairs of the trouble-torn island nation.
Iran establishes military base near Damascus
The photos show two hangars, each roughly 30 yards by 20 yards, used to store short- and medium-range missiles, Fox News reported. While Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's upcoming meeting with Donald Trump next week would normally be the main topic.
Rain Thursday Afternoon; A Dry Weekend Ahead
By sunset, any leftover showers or drizzle moves away and we'll usher in a drier and cooler night for Thursday into Friday . Tomorrow sunny skies with highs warming up to around 60 with southeasterly winds gusting around 25mph.
March begins with rain and snow in forecast
It will be breezy, with a south wind of 10 to 20 miles per hour , gusting as high as 31 miles per hour , the weather service said. Afternoon highs in the mid to upper 80s across NE FL, low to mid 80s in SE GA and upper 70s to low 80s along the beaches.
PNB scam: ED attaches Choksi's properties worth Rs 1200 cr
The CBI official said that Nirav Modi has not shared anything with regard to his current location with the investigating agency. In response, Modi refused to join the investigation saying he has businesses overseas because of which he can not return.
South Africa's Cyril Ramaphosa set to announce reshuffle
President Cyril Ramaphosa has grounded all ministers and deputy ministers as talks of an imminent cabinet reshuffle intensify. Ndlozi said: "We call on the people of South Africa to reject the entire ANC and vote it all out in 2019".