President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and the Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Maldives, Major General (Retd) B.R.W.M.R.A.B Thoradeniya, discussed strengthening commercial ties between Maldives and Sri Lanka on Thursday.
During the ambassador's courtesy call at the President's Office, President Solih declared that Sri Lanka remains one of the strongest friends and development partners of Maldives. He expressed appreciation for the friendly ties between the two South Asian neighbours since the establishment of diplomatic relations 54 years ago.
According to the President's Office, President Solih further conveyed gratitude for the contributions made by Sri Lankan nationals to the island nation, as well as the hospitality accorded by the Sri Lankan government to over 10,000 Maldivians who reside in the country.
In turn, Ambassador Thoradeniya highlighted the large Sri Lankan expatriate community in Maldives, attributing it to the archipelago's "attractive professional environment".
The ambassador further hailed President Solih's victory in the Presidential Election last year as a "triumph of the people's will".