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President Solih departs on Japanese state visit

Ahmed Aiham
19 October 2019, MVT 10:37
President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and First Lady Fazna Ahmed departed to Japan on a six-day long official visit. PHOTO: PRESIDENT'S OFFICE
Ahmed Aiham
19 October 2019, MVT 10:37

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih departed late Friday, on an official visit to Japan on invitation by the Japanese Government.

Accompanied by First Lady Fazna Ahmed, President Solih is scheduled to attend the Japanese Imperial Ceremony of Ascension 'Sokui no Rei' of Emperor Naruhito since the historic abdication of Emperor Akhito in May.

Aiming to bolster diplomatic relations, the six-day official visit is "set to open new avenues for cooperation" between the nations and will conclude on October 26.

As an important development partner for Maldives, the President's Office noted Japan's aid as "crucial" to addressing vulnerabilities and assisting economic development, addressing the climate emergency and in managing disasters.

Since establishing diplomatic relations in November 14, 1967, Japan has extensively supported Maldives, including the relief aid provided after the Boxing Day Tsunami struck on December 26, 2004, killing 11 Maldivians and displacing thousands.

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