15 March 2023
High Commissioner of Maldives to Sri Lanka, H.E Ali Faiz met with the Chief of Defence Force of Sri Lanka, General Shavendra Silva, WWW, RWP,RSP, VSV, USP, ndc, psc, MPhil today. The meeting was held at the Office of the Chief of Defence Staff (OCDS), BMICH.
In the meeting, High Commissioner Faiz thanked General Silva and the armed forces of Sri Lanka for the long-standing support extended to the Maldives National Defence Force in training and capacity building. High Commissioner Faiz stated that this was a very positive contribution towards the security of Maldives, as well as the wider Indian Ocean region. High Commissioner Faiz also thanked General Silva for his personal attention in ensuring that Maldives received the necessary training opportunities.
CDS General Silva thanked the High Commissioner, the Government and the MNDF for its continued goodwill towards, and cooperation with the armed forces of Sri Lanka. General Silva also highlighted new avenues for defence cooperation which had been discussed during his recent visit to Maldives in January 2023. Further discussions focused on the prevailing national and regional security situation and need for closer collaboration between Maldives and Sri Lanka in defence and security matters.
High Commissioner Ali Faiz was accompanied by Lieutenant Colonel Hassan Amir, the Defence Advisor of Maldives to Sri Lanka.