President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih says it is every citizen's obligation to protect the most fundamental pillars of the Maldives' - our shared faith, language, and culture.

He made these comments in his address to the country on the occasion of the National Day celebrated today.

President Solih said that every Maldivian citizen is charged with nurturing these three central factors and with the mission to foster younger generations with familiarity and respect for these values.

In his address, he detailed the history behind our National Day, reiterating the valiant actions of Muhammad Thakurufaanu Al Auzam who delivered the Maldives from the occupation of the Portuguese.

He urged the public to pay their respects to all national heroes who sacrificed their lives for the freedom and independence of our beloved country.

President Solih also encouraged vigilance in the patriotic duty to protect our nation.

National Day is celebrated on the first day of Rabi' al-awwal every year. The day is marked to commemorate the victory of Muhammad Thakurufaanu Al Auzam against the Portuguese invaders, ending a 15 year-long occupation of the Maldives in 1573.