Maldives Expresses Gratitude To India For 1988’s “Operation Cactus”

Under “Operation Cactus”, on the night of November 3, 1988, the Air Force mounted special operations

Male, Maldives: 

On the occasion of “Victory Day”, the Foreign Minister of Maldives, Abdulla Shahid on Sunday remembered the “invaluable” military support rendered by India on this day in 1988, with “highest gratitude and deepest appreciation”.

“On the 31st anniversary of Victory Day, we honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice for this nation. Today, the brave martyrs of the Maldives National Defence Force, and civilians are remembered with abundant love. We are grateful that such heroic people were amongst us. We honour all those who undertook the duties entrusted to them with unwavering dedication and dignity and fought to preserve the sovereignty of this nation,” the Foreign Minister said in a statement.

“It is a day to value true friends and partnerships. The invaluable military support of the Indian Government on November 3, 1988 remains etched in our hearts. Our highest gratitude and deepest appreciation shall never diminish,” he said.

On the intervening night of 2-3 November 1988, around 300 to 500 armed, Tamil / Sinhala-speaking mercenaries landed in Male harbour by boats from a mother ship and captured key locations. During this attempted coup, President Gayoom went into hiding and, in the early hours of November 3, sought India’s help and immediate intervention.

Under “Operation Cactus”, on the night of November 3, 1988, the Indian Air Force mounted special…

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