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The essential medicines and hospital consumables has delivered to Madives under Operation Sanjeevani.
- Aircraft: Under “Operation Sanjeevani” total of 6.2 tonne of ential medicines and hospital consumables to Maldives by an Indian Air Force (IAF) C-130J transport aircraft.
- These medicines and consumables were procured from eight suppliers in India.
- Medicines include: The medicines include influenza vaccines, anti-viral drugs such as lopinavir and ritonavir — which have been used to treat patients with COVID-19 in other countries.
- Previous delivery: In the month of March, India had dispatched a 14-member Army medical team to Maldives to set up a viral testing lab there and also delivered 5.5 tonne of essential medicines to Male.
Previous India’s Assistance to Maldives:
- 1988:Under ‘Operation Cactus’ the Indian Armed Forces have helped the government of Maldives in the neutralization of the coup attempt.
- 2004:India has helped Maldives after the tsunami.
- 2014:Under ‘Operation Neer’ India supplied drinking water to Maldives to deal with the drinking water crisis.
- The two Advanced Light Helicopters (ALH) given by India to the Maldivian armed forces have been used in saving Maldivian lives.
- The Advanced Light Helicopter is a multi-role, new generation helicopter in the 5.5-ton weight class, indigenously designed and developed by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).
Relations between the Two Countries:
- History: India and Maldives share ethnic, linguistic, cultural, religious and commercial links. India was among the first to recognize Maldives after its independence in 1965 and later established its mission at Male in 1972.
- Defence: India provides the largest number of training opportunities for Maldivian National Defence Force (MNDF), meeting around 70% of their defence training requirements.
- ‘Ekuverin’ is a joint military exercise between India and Maldives.
- Disaster Management: The Government of India has provided large-scale assistance to Maldives in the aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and during the 2014 Male water crisis.
- Trade and Tourism: India is Maldives’ 4th largest trade partner after UAE, China and Singapore. In 2018, India was the 5th largest source of tourist arrivals in Maldives.
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