Pakistan to support Maldives in all areas: President

ISLAMABAD, May 26 (APP): President Mamnoon Hussain Thursday expressed satisfaction at the existing bilateral relations between Pakistan and Maldives and assured of Pakistan’s continued support in all areas.

The President said this while talking to Defence and National Security Minister of Maldives Adam Shareef Umar who called on him at the Aiwan-e-Sadr.

High Commissioner of Maldives to Pakistan Ahmed Saleem was also present on the occasion.

President Mamnoon said the two countries have long-standing friendly bilateral relations and noted with satisfaction that both were supporting each other at international forums on all issues.

The President expressed optimism that relations between the two countries will expand further and grow stronger in the future.

President Mamnoon expressed satisfaction at the close cooperation between the two countries in the field of defence noting that Pakistan was providing training facilities to Maldivian officials.

President Mamnoon said Pakistan has made tremendous strides in defence production and stated that several countries were evincing keen interest in buying Pakistani Super Mushak and JF-17 Thunder aircraft which were of highest international standards.

Defence and National Security Minister of Maldives Adam Shareef Umar thanked Pakistan for continued multidimensional support and stated that the two Muslim brotherly countries have had very cordial and trouble free relations over the last 50 years.

The Defence Minister appreciated that Pakistan has always offered unconditional help and particularly recalled the assistance provided by Pakistan during his country’s difficult times.

Adam Shareef Umar said that he was highly impressed by the quality of defence items produced in the Pakistan Ordinance Factories (POF), which were comparable to similar products of the developed countries.

The Maldivian Defence Minister said that he feels at home in Pakistan and was particularly impressed by the friendly and loving nature of the people of Pakistan.

He appreciated Pakistan’s achievements in the fight against terrorism and said that his country would like to benefit from Pakistan’s expertise and experience in this regard.

The President wished the visiting dignitary a comfortable and productive stay in Pakistan and expressed his best wishes for the President and people of Maldives.