The Central Government of India today has announced it was trying to revive historic maritime cultural and economic ties with 39 countries including Sri Lanka, China, Pakistan, Cambodia and Qatar.

The revival of the said ties will be carried out under a fresh initiative called ‘Mausam’.

“India has taken a big initiative in the form of the ‘Mausam’ project. It is our Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision to establish this link between 39 countries, of which China is an important and integral part. We (both countries) are working on this project. China is definitely an integral part of this project,” Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma had reportedly informed the Lok Sabha.

The minister had reportedly said that both the Archaeological Survey of India and the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts are working with 39 countries on this issue along with departments concerned in China.