Maldives signed three Memorandum of Understandings (MoU) to further enhance bilateral relations with China during a ceremony held Friday at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China in Beijing.
As part of his diplomatic mission to the country, Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulla Shahid represented Maldives at the signing ceremony while State Chancellor and Minister of Foreign Affairs of China Wang Yi signed the three agreements on behalf of China.
The two state officials signed the “Memorandum of Understanding Between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Maldives on Strengthening Cooperation” to consolidate bilateral and multilateral relationships by holding regular consultations and increase exchange of views between the two ministries.
Further, Maldives signed the “Memorandum of Understanding on Sports Cooperation between Maldives and China” and the “Agreement on the Economic and Technical Cooperation between China and Maldives”.
Moreover, Chinese construction company China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC) signed an agreement with Maldives to begin a development project to construct a world-class stadium in reclaimed suburb Hulhumale.
During the meeting, Minister Shahid and Minister Wang Yi exchanged views of further strengthening the bilateral relations between the two countries and furthering cooperation in areas relating to economic and social development. Minister Wang reaffirmed Beijing’s commitment to further strengthen the historic and friendly relations between the two countries.
Shahid congratulated the Chinese administration and its people on the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.
Minister Shahid reiterated Maldives would continue 'One-China' policies and sustain member status in the 'Belt and Road Initiative', China's global development strategy.
Minister Wang affirmed the importance of furthering cooperation through the initiative for benefit of the two countries.
Foreign Minister Shahid acknowledged and thanked the Government of China for the continued support to the Maldives prominently featured across many areas, notably housing and infrastructure and human resource development.
Minister Shahid was accompanied by Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Ahmed Khaleel, Multilateral Secretary Dr Ali Naseer Mohamed, Director of Communications Miuvaan Mohamed and Assistant Director Maryam Bassama Farooq.