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Maldives' unprecedented snub to India's invite for naval exercise

Meanwhile, Maldives navy cadets join training with Indian navy squadron

Admiral Sunil Lanba. Photo: PTI

Admiral Sunil Lanba. Photo: PTI

Ajai Shukla New Delhi
In a rebuff that the Indian Navy is downplaying, the Maldives Islands have turned down an invitation to a gathering of Indian Ocean navies that the navy organises every other year in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands.  

The event, called MILAN 2018, will be held in Port Blair from March 6-13. It will be attended by at least 16 navy delegations from Indo-Pacific littoral countries, including Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand Myanmar and Mauritius.

Maldives, one of the navy’s close maritime partners, has been a regular participant at MILAN, a week-long festival of discussions, band and cultural displays, sports events and

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First Published: Feb 27 2018 | 11:43 PM IST

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