Chief of Army Staff of Bangladesh General Aziz Ahmed paid a courtesy call on Honourable Minister of Defence Uza. Mariya Didi on Thursday morning.
The meeting was held at MNDF Integrated Headquarters in Bandaara Koshi.
At the outset, Minister Mariya conveyed warm greetings and gratitude on behalf of President and Commander-in-Chief His Excellency Ibrahim Mohamed Solih to General Aziz for making the visit, even in this difficult pandemic-stricken time.
The Chief of Army Staff of Bangladesh General Aziz Ahmed also conveyed warm greetings and best wishes to President Solih, the Government and people of Maldives on behalf of the Honourable Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina, the people of Bangladesh and himself.
Discussions focused on boosting the close ties of Defence Cooperation between the Maldives and Bangladesh, including in the areas of capacity-building in Disaster Relief operations and Anti-Human Trafficking efforts, increasing allotments for Maldivian doctors at the Armed Forces Medical College and training opportunities for Maldivian military personnel.
Minister Mariya thanked General Aziz Ahmed and the Government and friendly people of Bangladesh for the generous assistance rendered to the Maldives in times of need, ranging from the 2004 Tsunami to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The Minister was joined by Military Secretary to the Minister of Defence BG Abdul Matheen Ahmed, Principal Director of DIDC LTC Hussain Fairoosh and Director of Anti-Human Trafficking Mr Ali Jaishan Amir.