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Maldives’ support to combat radicalism

The Republic of Maldives will work in close cooperation with Sri Lanka and other countries in the region to promote cooperation in security matters to ensure the security of the whole world, said Maldivian Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid.

This is a time when a global terrorism is in operation disregarding national borders and religious teachings, he said.

The Maldivian Foreign Minister made these comments when he called on Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe at Temple Trees on Wednesday.

Foreign Minister Abdulla who extended the good wishes, friendship and solidarity of Maldivian people led by Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih to Prime Minister Wickremesinghe and the people of Sri Lanka, appreciated the farsighted leadership displayed by Prime Minister Wickremesinghe to safeguard the unity and territorial integrity of Sri Lanka.

Prime Minister Wickremesinghe who emphasised the need for collective global action to combat terrorism which utilised new technology and sophisticated methods, said the challenge before them was to prevent threats posed to national security and restore the mental health of misguided people.

He said that since a large number of Maldivians were engaged in business activities in areas like Dehiwala, Panadura and Mount Lavinia, certain extremists were mingling with them for safety, while engaging in terrorist activities.

The Maldivian Foreign Minister said the revolutionary tendency of Muslim youth who identify themselves as students is a common development in the Maldives as in Sri Lanka and said the exchange of state expertise between the two countries was necessary to combat the problem.


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