The Saudi Arabian government is set to triple the number of higher education scholarships provided to the Maldives, the archipelago's government said Tuesday.
Saudi presently provides 100 scholarships from an array of areas to the Maldives, but now have agreed to increase the number to 300.
The announcement was made during a meeting between president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom and the Saudi education minister Dr Ahmed Al-Issa.
President Yameen is currently on his second state visit to the Saudi kingdom in his three year tenure.
"The Saudi Minister emphasized on expediting the process," president's office said in a statement after the sit-down.
According to the president's office, president Yameen and the Saudi minister also spoke on establishing cooperation between the Islamic University of Maldives and the Saudi academia.
President Yameen since assuming power has looked to deepen ties with the Saudi Kingdom.
The Saudis are funding several key projects including a significant airport development project.