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SL to provide air combat training to Maldives

President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Thursday agreed to help to develop the defence services in the Maldives including air combat training, the President’s Office said.

The President, who in Maldives agreed during a meeting with Defence and National Security Minister of Maldives Col (Ret.) Mohamed Nazim at the Kurumba Island Resort.

The Defence Minister briefed President Rajapaksa on a number of defence priorities that Maldives hopes to achieve.

In addition to the assistance provided in various areas including the training of soldiers, President Rajapaksa agreed to look into other requests and assist Maldives in whatever possible manner.

Col. Nazim further said that Maldives has formed a special unit to protect the country from certain international forces attempting to destabilize nations.

The Defence Minister requested Sri Lanka’s assistance in providing air combat training for this unit, to which President Rajapaksa agreed.

The Defence Minister further requested to explore the possibility of Sri Lanka manufacturing boats for the Maldivian coast guard and sought assistance from the Bank of Ceylon to obtain credit facilities for this purpose.

Author: TELO Media Team 1