The Maldives defense minister, Mariya Didi, asserted that defense partnership between the Maldives and India is “mutually beneficial,” during her speech at the Indian Naval Academy’s Passing Out Parade on Saturday.
She is now on an official visit to Kannur and Kochi in India, where she was the chief guest at the Passing Out Parade, making her the first minister from outside India to do so.
The defense minister addressed the audience during the event and congratulated the 231 midshipmen and cadets who graduated from the institution.
During her speech, Minister Mariya challenged the academy’s new graduates to put their education, training, and leadership talents to use to ensure the safety and protection of the whole population in the region.
She also emphasized Maldives-India defense cooperation, adding that the two nations’ partnership was founded on “equality, mutual trust, and a deep desire to ensure the safety and security of the two countries as well as the Indian Ocean region.”
In addition, Mariya mentioned that many Maldivian troops who trained at India’s naval academy throughout the years now hold important positions in the Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF) and have offered great service to the country, and thanked the Indian government for the opportunity to instruct Maldivian cadets at the academy.
She will also tour India’s defense training facilities and meet with MNDF officers training in India during her six-day visit to the country.