No Maldivian terrorist fighters entered foreign conflict zones in 3 years: Defence Minister Mariya

Representatives at the 5th Edition of Colombo Security Conclave | Photo: Defence Ministry

Malé, Maldives – The Maldives Minister of Defence Mariya Didi, on Wednesday, stated that there is no recorded case of any Maldivian entering a designated conflict zone as a Foreign Terrorist Fighter in the last 3 years.

Defence Minister Mariya Didi stated this while speaking at the 5th Edition of Colombo Security Conclave (CSC) that is being hosted in the Maldives.

The two-day Conclave is attended by National Security Advisors and Representatives from India, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Mauritius, Bangladesh and Seychelles.

The assassination attempt on the Speaker of People’s Majlis last year was a wakeup call for all.

Defence Minister Mariya Didi

Minister Mariya also highlighted the regional security challenges facing the Maldives such as narco-trafficking, human trafficking, piracy, IUU fisheries, counterterrorism and violent extremism.

The Colombo Security Conclave was founded as a trilateral security framework between India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives with four pillars of security cooperation, covering marine safety and security, human trafficking, counter-terrorism, and cyber security.

In her remarks, Minister Mariya also welcomed Mauritius as the latest Member State to the Conclave, increasing its membership to 4, and expressed hope that the Observer States will join the Conclave soon.