President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has stated that his foremost national duty today is to protect the interests of the nation. He made this statement addressing the nation at the official reception held this evening to mark the National Day of Maldives.

The President elaborated on the elements of Maldivian nationalism, stating that defending independence, maintaining safety and security while reinforcing Islamic values, protecting human rights, and supporting democratic ideals are all nationalistic characteristics.

President Solih also spoke of the valorous ventures of Muhammad Thakurufaanu Al Auzam who delivered the Maldives from the occupation of the Portuguese. Commemorating the sacrifices made by Muhammad Thakurufaanu Al Auzam and his companions towards the independence of the nation, the President prayed from almighty Allah to bless their souls.

The President said that National Day is the day which best propagates and instils individualism and unity amongst all Maldivians. The President underlined the need of upholding the nationalistic principles ingrained in our hearts by our forebears, and urged all Maldivians to safeguard these virtues.

President Solih went on to urge all Maldivians to impart the highest behavioural values and attributes in their children. The President urged parents to instil nationalistic values in their children and underlined the importance of fostering a nationalistic attitude. The President had also pledged to rejuvenate the spirit of nationalism.

Furthermore, the President remarked that long-serving state employees and those who have dedicated their lives to public service have not been appreciated on a national level. He then announced that the government has decided to honour long serving public employees on a national level annually on Republic Day starting this year.

First Lady Fazna Ahmed, President of the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (PGA) H.E Abdulla Shahid, senior government officials, members of the parliament and senior officials from state institutions had gathered to witness the ceremony held to mark the occasion.