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Maldives foreign defence minister to review Navy academic parade

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Mariya Ahmed, the Defence Minister of Maldives is on a six-day visit to India. She is the first foreign defence minister who is allowed to review the parade at the Indian Naval academy. The leader was also appointed as the chief guest at Saturday’s ‘Passing Out Parade’ of officer cadets at the Indian Naval Academy in Ezhimala, Kannur, Kerala.

“Mariya Ahmed Didi, Defence Minister Maldives along with a delegation reached Kochi International Airport for a six-day official visit to Kochi and Kannur,” tweeted pro-Kochi Defence.

Rear Admiral T.V.N. Prasanna, Chief Staff Officer (Training), Southern Naval Command, received Mariya Ahmed at the Cochin International Airport on 23 November. The Defence Minister Mariya Ahmed will return to the Maldives on 28 November. 

“Mariya believes that her studies laid the foundations that for a country to become a nation of laws and enjoy all freedoms that come along with it, democracy and the rule of law have to be introduced, nurtured and allowed to flourish,” her profile on the Maldives government website says.

She organized and participated in several protests, and has said earlier, “I have been beaten up in protests, arrested, had old urine and black engine oil thrown on me, run off the road, defamed on internet sites and in print media, etc.”

India is working on strengthening its defence relationship with the Maldives to develop further cooperation with counter-terrorism and also reinforce India’s relationship with the Maldives. India’s forging of defence ties with the Maldives is impelled by the increased Chinese presence in the Indian ocean especially in the Littoral states such as the Maldives. 

Mariya Ahmed was designated as the Minister of Defence of the Maldives in November 2018 further becoming the first woman in the entire history of the island nation who got appointed for this post. 

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