Chief of Defence Force (CDF) of Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF)Major General Abdulla Shamaal is on a three-day visit to India starting today.
He was given ceremonial welcome with Tri-Services Guard of Honour on the foreground of South Block in New Delhi.
It was followed by calling on Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh, National Security Advisor Shri Ajit Doval and meeting Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa and other Service Chiefs. This is his first visit to India after he assumed office as CDF in December 2018.
Earlier, Major General Shamaal visited National War Memorial to pay floral tributes to martyrs. Major General Shamaal will also deliver lectures on perspective of Maldives on Security of Small Island States at the prestigious National Defence College and Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis in New Delhi.
He is accompanied by a high-level delegation from various branches of MNDF who will undertake detailed discussions with joint team of the Indian Armed Forces. These talks will be aimed at among others enhancing defence cooperation, reviewing joint exercises, strengthening maritime security and developing new infrastructure for MNDF
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