The Representative of the Chinese Government and the Head of the International Development Cooperation Agency of Cihna, His Excellency Wang Xiaotao paid a courtesy call on the President of Maldives His Excellency Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, at the President’s Office this morning.

During the call, the President conveyed warm greeting and best wishes to the President of China, His Excellency Xi Jinping and welcomed the Chinese delegation to the Maldives. Highlighting that the Sina-Male’ bridge will be inaugurated this evening, the President stated that the bridge reflects the aspirations of the Maldivian people, especially the youth. In this regard, President Yameen expressed his sincere gratitude and deep appreciation to the President and the people of China for their tremendous support in realising this dream.

The President also highlighted the warm and long-lasting bonds of friendship between China and the Maldives, noting that it sets a great example of a relationship between larger and smaller countries. President Yameen also underscored that the Sino-Maldives partnership is mutually beneficial to both countries, and expressed his ardent desire to further reinvigorate and diversify the close bonds of friendship.

During the call Mr. Wang Xiaotao conveyed greetings from the Chinese President to President Yameen. Noting the high regard President Xi Jinping accords to the Sina-Male’ bridge, Mr. Wang Xiaotao expressed his gratitude for the invitation to be part of the historic event. He also conveyed his appreciation for the Maldivian people’s sentiments towards the Sina-Male´ bridge.

Mr. Wang Xiaotao also assured the President of China’s continuous support and contribution towards the social and economic development of the Maldives. He also wished success to the President for the upcoming Presidential election.

President Yameen was accompanied at the meeting by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Dr. Mohamed Asim, the Minister of Housing and Infrastructure, H.E. Dr. Mohamed Muizzu, the Minister of State for Foreign Relations at the President’s Office, H.E. Mohamed Naseer and the Maldivian Ambassador to China, H.E. Mohamed Faisal.

Source: The President’s Office