New police academy a token of India's goodwill: Pres Solih

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has described the National College of Policing and Law Enforcement as a token of goodwill from India to the Maldives. He made the statement at the ceremony held to mark the 89th anniversary of the Maldives Police Service.

President Solih said the National College of Policing and Law Enforcement in southernmost Addu City resulted from successive governments' hard work and determination to improve police services in the Maldives. President Solih affirmed that the government is committed to enhancing the capacity of the police and assured that the police would be provided with the necessary human resources, training, and technologies required to elevate their standard. He went on to recognize the National College of Policing and Law Enforcement as a token of goodwill from the government of India to the Maldives.

The PResident had expressed similar sentiments regarding India in the opening ceremony of the police college. He lauded India's current government and said India's assistance to the Maldives positively impacts the Maldivian people and the country's development. He added that the country had always extended its hands to assist the Maldives.

The President listed several examples that affirm the statement. He said the Indhira Gandhi Memorial Hospital, the Faculty of Hospitality and Tourism Studies at the Maldives National University, water and sewerage of 34 islands, Thilamale Bridge, Addu road development project, the construction of the Coast Guard building, and other important projects received Indian loans or grants.

'India does not look at which administration is in power when they extend their assistance to the Maldives. Their assistance targets the development of the Maldivian people. The National College of Policing and Law Enforcement inaugurated today is an example of this reality,' the President had said.

The President's statement comes while an opposition campaign to drive out Indian military personnel stationed in the Maldives has been gaining momentun.