Minister of Defence Uza. Mariya Didi has said, in an ever-changing global security landscape, with rising air passenger statistics and movements, enhancing aviation security is a high priority of President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih’s government.
The Minister made the remark while addressing the ceremony held Wednesday afternoon to hand over anti-terrorism equipment provided under the Government of Japan’s Project of Grant Aid for the Economic and Social Development Programme.
Minister Mariya thanked the Government and generous people of Japan, expressing confidence that the wide range of equipment gifted by Japan, including heavy-duty vehicles, mobile X-ray scanners, liquid scanners and hand-held metal detectors, will go a long way in strengthening the Aviation Security Command (AVSECOM)’s capacity to screen, prevent, prepare for and respond to eventualities.
Minister Mariya noted that while potent threats of terrorism and violent extremism are seeking to tear apart Maldives’ socio-moral fabric and chewing away at the Maldivian sense of community and national identity synonymous with peace, by gifting equipment worth millions of dollars, Japan has yet again demonstrated its keen sensitivity to the problems which keep Maldivians awake at night.
Wednesday’s ceremony was attended by Ambassador of Japan to Maldives Keiko Yanai, Chief of Defence Force MG Abdulla Shamaal, General Officers, Deputy Minister of Defence Uz. Hassan Zameel and Executive Committee members of AVSECOM.