Maldivian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Mohamed Khaleel, has said that King Salman Mosque will be officially opened by the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman.
Speaking to the Arab News, an English news publisher based in Saudi Arabia, Ambassador Khaleel said that King Salman Mosque is the largest mosque in the country and stands as a true symbol of the brotherly relations between Maldives and Saudi Arabia and as a historical monument to commemorate the golden jubilee of Maldivian independence.
Although a specific date was not given, Khaleel said that he is looking forward to the completion of the mosque and the visit of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman to officially inaugurate the mosque.
A special delegation from Saudi Arabia arrived in the Maldives in April to discuss the opening of the mosque and has assured its opening before the next Ramadan.
The mosque was funded by King Salman, who has donated approximately USD 25 million to its construction during the the Presidency of Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom. Its development was announced in 2016 and construction began in early 2018 in the capital.
The government had previously planned to open the mosque in March 2020 with an official visit by delegates from Saudi. However, the opening was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and is yet.to.be opened in any capacity.