President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and First Lady Fazna Ahmed met with members of the Maldivian community in Japan on Monday.
The Embassy of Maldives in Japan hosted a special reception in Tokyo for the president and first lady to meet the Maldivian community, where they were warmly welcomed by the Ambassador of Maldives to Japan, Ibrahim Uvais.
Speaking at the reception, President Solih declared that Maldivians residing in Japan are vital in boosting ties between the two nations.
He hailed Japan as a longstanding international ally and partner to Maldives, and thanked the government and people of Japan on behalf of Maldivians for the continued assistance in development, including crucial areas such as the education sector and climate resilience.
He further noted that key objectives for his official trip to Japan are to bolster the close relations that have flourished for decades between the two countries, pursue developmental aid and assist Maldivians living in Japan.
President Solih went on to assure that his government continues the pursuit to restore harmony and solidarity in Maldives, and urged all Maldivians to express themselves peacefully and to promote unity.
The president is currently on an official visit to Japan to attend the enthronement of the Japanese Emperor Naruhito, who ascended to the Chrysanthemum Throne earlier this year, following the historical abdication of Emperor Akihito.