New Delhi, March 19: India and Mauritius on Saturday hold a bilateral talk on expanding bilateral defence and security co -operation to effectively deal with the threat of terrorism. Notably, during this bilateral meeting, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley and his Mauritian counterpart Anerood Jugnauth explored several ways to enhance defence ties.
Both the countries during this bilateral meet vowed to enhance cooperation in order to fight terrorism effectively because the threat due to terrorism in both the countries equally remains. Importantly, India and Mauritius already have close co-operations in a range of areas including trade, defence and security. India has close defence relations with Mauritius, particularly in the area of maritime security. The Indian Navy has been closely engaged with the National Coast Guard of Mauritius to protect common interests in the Indian Ocean region.
However, the strategic ties between India and Mauritius either be in trade, defence or economic sector have led to an enormous development in both the countries. Earlier in September 2016, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj met Finance Minister of Mauritius, Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, in New Delhi.
During this bilateral meet, India and Mauritius revised the most strategic Comprehensive and Economic Cooperation and Partnership Agreement (CECPA) and Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) which gave a boost to the economy of India and infrastructural growth to Mauritius.