Maldives on Thursday opened its first Embassy in Germany, in the year the countries mark the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations.
Speaking at the function held on this occasion, Foreign Minister Dr Mohamed Asim highlighted the close bilateral relations that existed between Maldives and Germany, and stated that a permanent presence in Berlin will go a long way to further strengthening relations between not only the governments but also the peoples of the Maldives and Germany, according to the foreign ministry.
Noting the strong ties between the two countries, Minister Asim pointed out the shared views and interests on a number of international issues, such as climate change.
Tourism is the largest economic industry in the Maldives and Germany has always been a key tourism market, with tourist arrivals among the highest from Europe.
Asim also expressed his gratitude for the immense contribution Germany has made towards economic development in the Maldives, particularly in the field of tourism.
"Minister Asim further stated that the quality and quantity of economic and trade links between Germany and the Maldives has increased in recent years and that the scope for trade expansion is immense," foreign ministry said in a statement.