June 27, 2014 (LBO) – Sri Lanka has offered to train soldiers, teachers and provide scholarships for students and had talks on building coast guard boats for Maldives following a visit by President Mahinda Rajapaksa to the country. The president’s media office said Defence and National Security Minister of Maldives Mohamed Nazim had requested Sri Lanka to loo at building boats for the Maldivian coast guard with a credit facility from state-run Bank of Ceylon.
Sri Lanka’s help has also been sought in search and rescue, disaster management, and training Maldivian soldiers at Sri Lanka’s Kotelawala Defence Academy.
Following a meeting with Maldives’ Vice President Mohamed Jameel Ahmed Sri Lanka has also offered assistance in education services.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa had offered full and half scholarships to Maldivian students, teacher training and help in setting up higher education institutes.
Attention was also drawn to the welfare of 9,000 odd Sri Lankans currency working in the Maldives, especially in tourist resorts, who are estimated to have remitted about 17 million US dollars last year, the statement said.