The governments of Maldives and Japan on Thursday reiterated their commitment to strengthening cooperation in the areas of social and economic development.
The discussion was held at a meeting between Minister of Foreign Affairs of Maldives, Abdulla Shahid, and his Japanese counterpart, Taro Kono, during the former's ongoing official visit to Japan.
According to the foreign ministry, Shahid thanked the government and people of Japan for their continued assistance to the development of Maldives in various areas such as disaster reduction, education, environment and fisheries.
He also recalled his visit to Japan in 2007 to open the Embassy of Maldives in Tokyo, highlighting that it had marked a new beginning in bilateral relations. Minister Kono warmly welcomed Shahid back and assured that Japan remained committed to furthering the close relationship between the two allies.
Shahid also met with the Minister of Environment of Japan, Yoshiaki Harada, earlier the same day and discussed the possibility of new projects to combat climate change in Maldives.
The foreign minister was accompanied by Minister of Finance Ibrahim Ameer, Minister of Economic Development Fayyaz Ismail, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Ahmed Khaleel, Ambassador of Maldives to Japan Ibrahim Uvais, and officials of the foreign ministry on his visit to Japan.
He is scheduled to return on December 23.