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Maldives seeks Lanka’s assistance for food security

The Maldives requested Sri Lanka for assistance in several agricultural areas towards achieving food security in the island. This was expressed by the visiting Maldivian Defense and National Security Minister Col. (ret) Mohamed Nazim when he called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees on Tuesday.

Col. Nazim described to the President some of the hardships experienced by the Maldivian population due to inadequate supplies and high prices of some agricultural products such as rice and certain vegetables.

President Rajapaksa said Sri Lanka may be able to assist Maldives meet their rice requirement and also urged the Maldivian government to encourage the people to engage in home gardening that could help families address their individual food needs.

Col. Nazim also indicated that, given the good bilateral ties between the two countries, it might be useful to conduct exchange programmes for Maldivian agriculturalists to learn from Sri Lankan experts.

Principal Director International Defence Cooperation Lt. Col. Ibrahim Hilmy, High Commissioner of the Maldives to Sri Lanka Hussain Shihab and Defence Advisor to Sri Lanka Lt. Col. Mohamed Mukthar accompanied the Defence Minister.

External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris, Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga and External Affairs Ministry Secretary Karunatilaka Amunugama were also present.