The Government of Maldives and the Government of People’s Republic of China is set to hold its first Director General level Bilateral Coordination Mechanism talks tomorrow. The first meeting will be focused on the opening of borders and tourism. During the consultation, the two countries will discuss cooperation in areas of mutual interests including strengthening cooperation between the two countries on Covid-19 prevention, recovery of economy, tourism and safety measures.
Maldives delegation will be headed by HE Mr. Ahmed Shiaan, Additional Secretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and representatives from Ministry of Tourism, Health Protection Agency and Civil Aviation will partake in tomorrow’s meeting. Chinese delegation will be headed by Mr. Yao Wen, Deputy Director General of the Asian Department of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and representatives from National Health Commission of China, Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, Ministry of Culture & Tourism and Civil Aviation Administration of China will partake.
The Government of Maldives welcomes the initiative by the Government of China to engage and continue bilateral dialogue amidst the global pandemic. Referring to the meeting, Minister Shahid said ‘The Maldives-China relationship is anchored on a strong foundation of shared historic bonds. The basis of the bilateral relationship between our two countries is the Maldives’ commitment to One-China Policy, sovereignty and mutual respect for territorial integrity. China has been and remains as an important economic and bilateral development partner for the Maldives and the Government of Maldives is committed to working with China in further strengthening ties of bilateral relations and the strong bonds of friendship between the people of both countries. Under the administration of President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, Maldives-China relations will stand strong, vibrant and continue to grow from strength to strength’.