Foreign Ministry

High-level meetings to begin between China and Maldives

Bilateral level discussions at the level of Director-General has been set to take place tomorrow between governments of China and the Maldives.

Similar talks were held at the Director-General level were held in July as well, making tomorrow’s discussion the second of its kind this year.

The Additional Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Amin Javed Faizal will be leading the Maldivian Delegation while the Deputy Director General at the Asian Affairs Department of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China, Chen Song will lead the Chinese Delegation at the talks tomorrow.

The Maldivian Foreign Ministry said that the meeting aims to enhance bilateral coordination between the two countries on mutual areas of cooperation upon topics relating to the situation surrounding the COVID-19 global pandemic, economic recovery, including on tourism cooperation and international travel.

Both countries will also discuss ways to further enhance bilateral cooperation and also cooperation at the multilateral level

A statement from the Maldivian Foreign Ministry said that Maldives is keen on continuing its bilateral dialogue with its developmental partners as the country embarks on a path of resilience and recovery following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and seeks to add momentum to its economic recovery efforts, especially on the resumption of tourism where China was the largest market prior to the outbreak of COVID-19 in the Maldives.

And said that China was among the first countries to offer its generous assistance to the relief efforts in the Maldives and continues to cooperate closely with the Maldives Government on a wide range of issues of mutual interest.