MNDF hosting Pakistani Naval vessel ahead of diplomatic meetings

The Maldivian National Defence Force (MNDF) has said it continues to promote “good relations” with its neighbours as this week it plays host to a Pakistani naval ship visiting the Maldives.

The vessel – known as the PNS Saif – arrived in the Male’ yesterday (April 15), where it presently remains docked.  The ship’s arrival follows the visit last week of two Indian naval vessels.

MNDF Spokesperson Colonel Abdul Raheem told Minivan News today (April 16) that there was no significance behind the recent back-to-back visits of the Pakistani and Indian Naval forces.

“The Maldives has good relations with all neighbouring countries, including India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh,” he said.  “Neighbouring countries’ ships visit often, it is normal.”

The Pakistani High Commissioner to the Maldives, Pakistani citizens living in the Maldives, as well as senior officials from the military and Maldives Police Service are scheduled to visit the naval ship today, according to the MNDF.

The PNF Saif’s commanding officer will then host a “special dinner” on the ship this evening.

A series of other diplomatic meetings and events are scheduled during the ship’s visit, including a special event hosted by the MNDF for Pakistani naval officers tomorrow (April 17).  This is scheduled to be followed by a luncheon hosted by the Pakistani High Commissioner.

Senior PNS Saif officers are also scheduled to meet Minister of State for Defence and National Security Mohamed Muizzu Adnan, Chief of Defence Force Major General Ahmed Shiyam, as well as Commandant Coast Guard Brigadier General Ahmed Shahid.

The ship will remain in the Maldives until April 18.

Indian defence collaboration

Meanwhile, India has assured the Maldives of its commitment to “further enhance defense cooperation and security partnership,” following talks between Defence Minister Mohamed Nazim and his Indian counterpart A K Antony on Monday (April 15), the Times of India has reported.

Enhanced defence cooperation between the two nations is expected to include training exercises, capacity building and infrastructure-strengthening, according to media reports.

The Maldives hosted two Indian Naval Ships – the ICGS Varuna and INS Sujata – representing the First Training Squadron last week.

During the “goodwill visit”, a dinner function was held aboard the ships, where new Indian High Commissioner to the Maldives, Rajeev Shahare, made his first public appearance after assuming the post.

The dinner event was attended by the Maldivian Defence Minister Colonel (Rtd) Mohamed Nazim, other government ministers, diplomats, and high ranking officers from the Maldives military. The Indian government gave the Maldivian government a “contribution”, spare helicopter parts, and gym equipment, reported local media.

Shahare also used the event to praise Maldivian authorities for their “magnanimity” in allowing him to meet senior government officials at this event prior to presenting his credentials to the president, while speaking with local media April 10.

MNDF anniversary

The MNDF has said it is also currently preparing celebrations for its 121st anniversary on April 21 with a “big ceremony” that will include two different events held in the nation’s capital Male’, Colonel Raheem told Minivan News.

A parade is scheduled to take place at 4pm near the tsunami monument in the Henveiru neighborhood of Male’, said Raheem.

An “official gathering, which normally includes all high level delegations” in the Maldives is also being planned for April 25.

As practice for the parade, a military band and MNDF soldiers carrying assorted firearms have been performing early morning marches in formation through Henveiru this week.


6 thoughts on “MNDF hosting Pakistani Naval vessel ahead of diplomatic meetings”

  1. this is nothing new, it happens before. India knows that Pakistan in not important to Maldives.

  2. When i read this article, it is like that Maldives is making a crime of accepting the Pakistani naval ship in Maldives ahead of India and maldives defense ministers meeting.

  3. A Pakistani Naval vessel is expected to berth near the house reef of Gaa Kurinbee in the coming weeks. The mission is to remove the remnants of the 500 year old Banyan tree (Bodu Gas) that has fallen and is now left to decay in the midst of the woods. The idiotic and arrogant people of Kurinbee kept on building their residential properties, surrounding the signature Bodugas, from the wealth accumulated during the 30 year old Golden regime. In order to muster support from the constituency, the current regime has sought help from the brotherly peoples of Pakistan to remove the remnants tree, including what is left of the huge monolithic rock that is sitting on the eastern seaboard of the tiny island.
    Apparently, Navy commanders are going to cordon-off another peculiar tree that is presumably conserved called the "Maru vakaru gas" (a form of a Kola nut tree) that is rarely seen in the Maldives.

  4. So pleased that you will be hosting a Pakistan Navy guys (Maldives and Pakistan) have so much in common its uncanny!!
    Same hate filled religious beliefs
    Same intolerance towards other faiths
    Same backward laws (blasphemy, flogging etc)
    Same addiction to heroin and hash oil
    Same kaput and bankrupt economies
    I guess the neanderthals on Gaa Kurinbee atoll will be on the rampage soon to rid the atoll of unislamic trees, rocks and idols.....with the help of your Paki brothers.

  5. @missindia newdhelhi

    Nice! coming from the rape capital of the world,
    With torching buses and homes of muslims and christians(people of other religions),
    With still the same caste system,
    uncivilised unruly neglected tribal areas,
    Where the locals come to the kaput bankrupt maldives for jobs,
    I guess us neanderthals will still be neanderthals because the awesomeness doesnt really rub off people like like msindihira here. LOL


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