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FGN20 MALDIVES-JAISHANKAR-3RDLD SECURITY India signs USD 50 million defence LoC agreement to boost maritime capabilities of Maldives Male: India on Sunday reiterated its commitment to the Maldives' security and signed a USD 50 million defence Line of Credit agreement with it to boost the maritime capabilities of the strategic island nation, as External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar held talks with the country's top leaders to further strengthen bilateral ties and explore new areas of cooperation.

FGN13 MALDIVES-JAISHANKAR-SOLIH Jaishankar calls on Maldivian Prez Solih; reiterates India's commitment as key development partner Male: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Sunday called on Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and reaffirmed India's fullest commitment as a comprehensive development partner of the island nation during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

FGN4 VIRUS-UN-INDIA UN chief voices appreciation for India's leadership in fight against COVID-19, vaccine assistance United Nations, Feb 21 (PTI) UN chief Antonio Guterres has voiced appreciation for India’s leadership in the global fight against the coronavirus pandemic and its efforts to bring a “much-needed supply” of the COVID-19 vaccines to the world market.

FGN18 UN-IRAN-LD NUCLEAR UN nuclear chief in Iran as it threatens watchdog's cameras Tehran: The head of the United Nations' nuclear watchdog met Sunday with Iranian officials in a bid to preserve his inspectors' ability to monitor Tehran's atomic programme, even as authorities said they planned to cut off their surveillance cameras at those sites. PTI PMS PMS