The Director General of Indian Coast Guard, Vice Admiral Anil Chopra has paid a courtesy call on President Mohamed Nasheed this morning. The Director General is on a visit to inspect the proceedings of the annual Maldives-India Coast Guard Exercise named "Dosti" which will be held from 1 – 4 of this month.

During the call the President said that the joint training exercises were highly useful to the Maldives and expressed his appreciation to the Indian Government and the Indian Coast Guard for conducting these exercises with the Maldivian Coast Guard.

The President and the Director General also discussed the threat of pirates in the Indian Ocean.

The Director General said that the joint training programmes would help enhance the close bilateral relations that exist between the Maldives and India.

He also inquired about the outcome of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Trinidad and Tobago in last November. He further spoke on the importance of reaching an agreement at the Copenhagen Summit which will be held this month.