Minister of Defence Uza. Mariya Didi expresses her condolences on the sudden demise of India's Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, along with his wife Madhulika Rawat and 11 other Indian Armed Forces personnel in Wednesday's tragic helicopter crash in Tamil Nadu.
The untimely loss of India's first Chief of Defence Staff, whom the Minister has met with and had a number of fruitful discussions, is felt deeply by the Maldivian Defence Sector.
General Rawat was instrumental in pushing forward the Defence Cooperation Partnership between India and the Maldives over the past 3 years.
The Minister conveys condolences to the families and loved ones of General Rawat, his wife and the 11 Armed Forces personnel, and wishes them strength and courage at this difficult time.
The Minister of Defence conveys her condolences to the Prime Minister of India His Excellency Narendra Modi and her counterpart, the Minister of Defence Hon. Rajnath Singh, the Government, the Armed Forces and the friendly, neighborly people of India at this time of immense national grief and mourning.
The Minister sends her well-wishes and prayers for the speedy recovery of GP Captain Varun Singh, who is under treatment for his injuries.