Defence Secretary of India, Dr. Ajay Kumar, paid a courtesy call on Minister of Defence Mariya Ahmed Didi on Sunday.
During the meeting held at the Ministry of Defence in Male’, discussions focused on the immense and expanding India-Maldives defense cooperation in the past three years.
The Minister thanked India for the immense assistance during the Covid pandemic with medical supplies, transportation of food supplies, humanitarian assistance, and technical support for MNDF, with more than 170 medical evacuations and 130 surveillance missions conducted in the last three years.
The Minister expressed her deep appreciation for the Coast Guard Dockyard project, which is set to be the most comprehensive defense infrastructure development project carried out in the Maldives.
The Indian Defence Secretary, Dr. Ajay Kumar, noted that the Government of India was committed to further boosting the India-Maldives partnership.
The Minister of Defence was joined by Military Secretary BG Abdul Matheen Ahmed, MNDF Surgeon General COL Dr. Ali Shahid Mohamed, DIDC’s Principal Director LTC Ahmed Shareef, and Director of Anti-Human Trafficking Mr. Ali Jaishan Amir.