President discusses security with Sri Lanka

President Mohamed Nasheed has discussed plans to enhance defense cooperation between the Maldives and neighboring Sri Lanka during his official visit to the country.

The two governments are considering joint naval operations as a means to counter the increasing threat of maritime terrorism and piracy. Identifying South Asia as a “conflict-stricken region”, he commended the work of the Sri Lankan Security Forces.

President Nasheed was chief guest at a ceremony to recognise 194 cadet officers, including one Maldivian cadet officer. It is the President’s third visit to Sri Lanka this year.