President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih says although the military must be trained to defend the country with force when necessary, their true purpose is to promote peace and security and to avert conflict and bloodshed.

He expressed these sentiments while addressing graduates of the Maldives National Defence Forces’ (MNDF’s) 66th basic training course, at a ceremony held this morning at Maafilaafushi, Lhaviyani atoll.

Reiterating this sentiment, he added that the intention of strengthening our military’s capabilities is to help them to preserve the country’s peace and tranquility.

President Solih highlighted that one of the gravest threats confronting the country, and one of the key challenges faced by our security services, is terrorism.

Speaking further, he expressed his conviction that the recent graduates of the MNDF’s 66th basic training course will utilize their knowledge and skill to do their utmost to prevent terrorism and violent extremism.

Concluding his remarks, President Solih thanked all military servicemen, citing that the armed forces are the first responders in times of crisis while acknowledging the many civic and social responsibilities discharged by our armed forces, even as part of their primary role of preserving national security. He thanked them for their patriotism and dedication.