Navy chief meets Maldives president, reiterates enhancing defence collaboration


ISLAMABAD: While on an official visit to Maldives, Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi called on Republic of Maldives President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Garoom at President’s Office in Male.

During the meeting, matters of mutual interests were dilated upon. Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi highlighted Pakistan’s commitment and performance in the fight against terrorism, including Pakistan Navy’s contributions towards regional maritime security, in pursuance of Pakistani government’s policies to ensure peace and stability in the Indian Ocean region.

While stressing upon the constructive engagements between Pakistan Navy and Maldives National Defence Force Coast Guard to deal with the contemporary challenges, Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi announced gifting of a Landing Craft Mechanised to Maldives which will assist Maldivian Coast Guard in their efforts to contribute towards regional peace/ security.

The Republic of Maldives president acknowledged Pakistan Navy’s strenuous efforts for maintaining maritime security in the region and thanked the navy chief for gifting of a Landing Craft Mechanised. The president also expressed satisfaction over the historical bonds and defence collaboration between Pakistan and Maldives in various avenues, including training, reciprocal visits, port calls and looked forward to further increase in defence ties and bilateral relations. The navy chief reiterated Pakistan’s continued support to Maldives Armed Forces in the field of training, provision of equipment, technical manpower and expertise.

Earlier, navy chief met Minister of Defence and National Security Adam Shareef Umar and Chief of Defence Forces, Major General Ahmed Shiyam. Upon arrival at Maldives National Defence Forces Headquarters, a smartly turned out contingent of Maldives Armed Forces presented him the Guard of Honour.

During the meetings, discussions on professional matters including bilateral defence collaboration and security environment in Indian Ocean region were held. Various avenues of cooperation between the two navies were also focused.

Pakistan and Maldives enjoy cordial relations founded on the common principles of brotherhood, friendship and sovereign equality. Being littoral states of the Indian Ocean region, both countries share common maritime challenges. As an extension of government’s foreign policy, Pakistan Navy continues proactive endeavours to enhance maritime collaboration with the Indian Ocean littoral states. It is expected that the recent visit of navy chief will enhance collaboration between the two countries in general and navies in particular in the diverse defence related avenues.