Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Maldivian Defence Minster says world has many things to learn from Sri Lankan Army Chief

Minister of Defence and National Security of the Republic of Maldives Hon. Ameen Faisal who is on a brief visit to the island called on Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Sarath Fonseka at Army Headquarters Tuesday (17) morning.

Lt. Gen. Sarath Fonseka after receiving the visiting Maldivian Minister and his retinue explained to them the developments related to ongoing Vanni humanitarian operations which have almost reached its winning stage.

Measures taken to evacuate civilians being detained by LTTE terrorists in un-cleared areas and welfare projects in progress for those civilians arriving in Security Forces-held areas were also briefed to the visiting delegation by the Army Commander.

Maldivian Minister further told the Commander that world has more to learn from the present Sri Lankan Army Commander about defeating terrorism.

A special note of thanks was extended to the Sri Lanka's Army Commander by Minister Ameen Faisal for award of training facilities to Maldivian Defence Force members with the support of renowned military training establishments in Sri Lanka. The Minister also mentioned that those officers maintain high standards in performing their duties due to effective military training given by the Sri Lankan Army.

To mark the visit to Army Headquarters, he exchanged mementoes with Lt. Gen Sarath Fonseka before his departure.

Minister Ameen Faisal is scheduled to visit the Sri Lanka Military Academy Diyathalawa to meet Maldivian cadets under training there.

Source: Defence Web Site