General Bipin Rawat on a visit to Maldives

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General Bipin Rawat, Chief of the Army Staff left for an official visit to the Maldives yesterday. During his visit from 30 September to 03 October 2019, General Rawat will interact with the hierarchy of the Maldivian government and armed forces. This visit is aimed at strengthening close bilateral defense ties between the two nations.

The Army Chief is scheduled to meet Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, President of Maldives, Mariya Ahmed Didi, minister of defense, Abdullah Shahid, foreign minister and Major General Abdulla Shamaal, chief of National Defense Forces.

Maldives, due to its centrality to Indian Ocean region, has always held prime importance for India. A press note on the visit of Bipin Rawat says that ‘India extends full support to enhance capacity and capability development of Maldives army as an equal partner. Military vehicles and military equipment would be exchanged to further cement the military relationship.’

Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid a state visit to the Republic of Maldives on 08-09 June 2019 at the invitation of Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, President of the Republic of Maldives.President Solih had made a State visit to India in December 2018. Hence, the visit by general Bipin Rawat holds much significance.