President Xi Jinping of China congratulated President-elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on Tuesday, over his victory in the recent Presidential Elections.
According to Chinese state-run ‘Xinhua News’, President Xi said China and Maldives “share a longstanding friendship”, and that China remains committed to further develop diplomatic relations between the Maldives on the basis of the “five principles of peaceful coexistence.”
Additionally, it is reported that China wishes to continue cementing relations, by deepening mutually beneficial collaboration across various fields for the people of both countries.
Furthermore, President Xi stated that he values the development of the diplomatic relations between the two countries and that he is willing to “join hands” with Solih, and lift the partnership between the countries to an even higher level.
Maldives significantly strengthened its ties with China during President Yameen's presidential term, which saw China making substantial investments across the nation; most notably the development and expansion of Velana International airport and the landmark Sinamale Bridge which connects capital Male and airport island Hulhule.
Following the Presidential Election held on September 23, President-Elect Solih won against incumbent President Yameen, with a majority of 58.4 percent votes in his favour.
In the wake of his victory, several world leaders have congratulated the new president-elect, including the United States, China, Russia, and neighbouring India.