Peace and harmony remain the driving force behind reviving patriotism, says President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.
He made this remark in his speech during the official ceremony held at Dharubaaruge to confer this year’s National Awards, on Thursday evening.
Taking the podium at the event, President Solih shed light on the significance of maintaining strong bonds with other countries as we live in a “unified” world.
He went on to stress on the importance of these relationships in embracing patriotism and added that every single citizen plays a role in instilling the spirit of patriotism and maintaining peace.
With this, he encouraged the society to abide by the laws and regulations formulated to protect individual and societal rights, urging the people to prioritize national interest.
In his speech, the president stated that such occasions are opportune moments to reflect on the challenges and obstacles faced in safeguarding patriotism.
Recalling the nation’s esteemed heroes and their valiant sacrifices, President Solih stated that threats to national interest in today's world are steered by ideology rather than conventional war.
He also touched down on the importance of imparting patriotic spirits into the hearts of people, especially children.
The ceremony also saw President Solih congratulating the recipients of the 'National Award of Honor' and the 'National Award of Recognition', as well as the Health Minister who was honored with the Order of the Dignified Rule of Muleege Dynasty.
First Lady Fazna Ahmed, Vice President Faisal Naseem, his spouse Aishath Shamsadha as well as former President Dr. Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik and his spouse, along with members of the Cabinet of Ministers and state dignitaries were present at the National Awards ceremony.