Minister: Defense force will remain committed to ensuring sovereignty

(L-R) Defense Minister Mariya Ahmed Didi, President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, Chief of Defense Force Maj. Gen. Abdulla Shamaal, Home Minister Imran Abdulla. (Sun Photo/Fayaz Moosa)

The Defense Minister of the Maldives Mariya Ahmed Didi has assured that the sovereignty and independence of the country would be maintained by the defense force who will remain dedicated to the cause.

Speaking in a video message on the occasion of the 55th Independence Day of the Maldives, the Minister said that the historically strong sovereignty of the nation was due to the wisdom of the ancestors of the country, and noted that the actions of these historical figures were very thoughtful.

She said that it was a massive task and responsibility to carry on this independence and sovereignty to the future generations. 

“A pivotal role in this duty will be played by the defense force. I would like to take note of the sacrifices made and are being made to uphold the sovereignty and independence of the nation by the defense force. I assure the citizens that the defense force will remain the same.” Said the Minister.

Festivities usually synonymous with the Independence Day will not be held this year due to COVID-19. The Independence Day is the most celebrated day in the Maldives and marks the signing of the independence agreement by the Maldives with the British government on July 26, 1965. This is the 55th Independence Day of the Maldives.

Instead of the usual festivities, the nation saw a flag hoisting ceremony and an address by President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.