President Abdulla Yameen has described China as the Maldives’ closest ally when it comes of trade and development.
In his speech at the ceremony held in Beijing, China, on Wednesday to mark 45 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries, President Yameen said China is a true friend of the Maldives and that relations between the two countries is based on mutual trust and respect. In that regard, he said that China recognizes Maldives as a country that is capable of solving its own internal problems.
The President said his first state visit to China has been a success and that the agreements signed during the visit and the discussions held are a new pathway for strengthening ties.
In addition, he said that the China-Maldives Friendship Bridge being constructed between Male’ and Hulhule’, and Velana International Airport’s new runway project are also symbols of the friendship between Maldives and China.
In his speech President Yameen thanked the Chinese government for its assistance in the socioeconomic development of the Maldives.
President Yameen and First Lady Fathimath Ibrahim arrived in China on Wednesday on a four-day visit at the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping.
This is President Yameen’s third official visit to China since assuming office. He previously visited China in 2014 and 2015.