Maldivian Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant General Abdul Raheem Abdul Latheef met Defence Secretary General Kamal Gunaratne today (Feb 8). The meeting was held at the Defence Headquarters Complex at Sri Jayewardenepura, Kotte.
During the interaction, Lt. Gen. Latheef expressed eagerness to foster a closer relationship in defence cooperation with Sri Lanka. The discussion was centred on enhancing collaboration in areas including military training, strategic partnerships and security initiatives.
The Defence Secretary praised the historical alliance between the Maldives and Sri Lanka and highlighted the shared commitment to regional stability and security. Both sides emphasized the importance of sustained dialogue and exchange programs to further fortify defence capabilities and promote peace in the region.
Lt Gen. Latheef is a graduate of the Defence Services Command and Staff College, Batalanda and was recently appointed as the Chief of Defence Force by H.E. the President of the Republic of Maldives Dr. Mohamed Muizzu.
The meeting concluded with the sharing of souvenirs to mark the event and the Military Liaison Officer of the Ministry of Defence Maj. Gen. Dhammika Welagedara also present at the occasion.