Colombo, November 19 (newsin.asia): On the occasion of the National Day of the Maldives, the Maldivian Ambassador in Sri Lanka, Muhammad Hussain Shareef, recalled the courage and bravery of Muhammad Thakurufaanu, who successfully fought against Portuguese rule and secured independence for the Indian Ocean archipelago in 1573.
Shareef was speaking after ceremonially hoisting the Maldivian flag at a colorful ceremony at the embassy here on Sunday. The National Day of Maldives e Portuguese in the year 1573. The National Day of Maldives falls on the first of Rabee ul-Awwal, of the Islamic calendar.
Ambassador Shareef conveyed National Day greetings and good wishes to His Excellency Yameen Abdul Gayoom, President of the Republic of Maldives and Madam Fathimath Ibrahim, First Lady, members of the Cabinet and Senior Government officials and to all Maldivians living in Sri Lanka.
Students of the Maldivian Educational and Cultural Centre (MECC) presented cultural items.
The ceremony was attended by staff at Embassy of Maldives and staff at Maldives Education and Cultural Centre and also Maldivian students, and their parents residing in Sri Lanka.
(The featured image at the top shows the Maldivian envoy in Sri Lanka Muhammad Hussain Shareef speaking on National Day)