Home Minister Shinde and Defence Minister Anthony both visiting Maldives ? Home Minister Shri Shinde on Visit to Maldives A high level official delegation, led by Shri Sushilkumar Shinde, Home Minister, is on visit to Maldives to attend the Fifth SAARC Home Ministers meeting to be held on 26th September, 2012. Shri Shinde is accompanied by Shri R.K. Singh, Home Secretary and other senior officers. The meeting of SAARC Home Ministers will be preceded by meetings of immigration Authorities and SAARC Home Secretaries today and tomorrow. The meeting is likely to discuss matters related to terrorism, maritime security and piracy, combating trafficking in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances and mutual assistance in criminal matters. Cyber crimes and trafficking in women and children in South Asia are other issues on the Agenda. On the sidelines of the SAARC meeting, Shri Shinde is also likely to hold bilateral discussions with the Home Ministers of other SAARC countries. GoI === Antony Meets Maldivian President Antony Lays Foundation Stone of Maritime Training Academy of Maldives Continuing with his dialogue on defence cooperation with the top leadership of Maldives, the Defence Minister Mr AK Antony called on the President Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik In Maleâ€™ today. The 30-minute meeting was attended among others by the Vice President Mohamed Waheeduddeen and the Defence Minister Col (Retd) Mohamed Nazim. The Indian side included Defence Secretary Shashi Kant Sharma, FOC-in-C Western Naval Command Vice Admiral Shekhar Sinha and High Commissioner DN Mulay. President Waheed appreciated the visit of Mr Antony to the island nation and said that it had â€˜increased the confidence level in the relations of the two countriesâ€™. He also appreciated Indiaâ€™s support in facilitating a way forward in the political process in Maldives. Mr Antony briefed the President on the discussions he had with his Maldivian counterpart Mohamed Nazim yesterday and the decisions taken to further cement the defence relationship. The President expressed happiness over the developments and assured full cooperation of Maldivian side in implementing the decisions. He said the security of the Indian Ocean Region is of vital importance to both the countries and the two countries should strive to enhance cooperation in myriad ways to thwart any threats. President Waheed noted that there are no inhibitions on either side as each treated the other side as a close and trusted friend. The meeting ended with the two Defence Ministers exchanging the agreement, in the presence of the President, to station the Indian Coast Guard Advanced Light Helicopter in Maldives for a further period of two years. Last evening, Mr Antony, accompanied by his Maldivian counterpart Mohamed Nazim, flew down to the picturesque Maafilaafushi island in a sea plane and laid there the foundation stone of the Composite Maritime Training Academy of Maldives. The Academy, to be built in three phases, with assistance from India, will train personnel from Maldives Coast Guard and Marine Police.