Maldives-China sign Certificate of Assistance for Foreign Ministry

Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Ahmed Khaleel and Wang Lixin, signing the Certificate of Assistance for the Maldivian Ministry of Foreign Affairs between Maldives-China. (Photo/Foreign Ministry)

Maldives and China on Wednesday signed the Certificate of Assistance for the Maldivian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

While the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs signed the Certificate on behalf of the Maldives, Wang Lixin, signed on behalf of the People’s Republic of China.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs detailed that the USD 310,000 will be used to complete certain aspects of the Foreign Ministry Building renovation programme, and will also be used for training and capacity building purposes.

Notably, the Foreign Ministry Building was completed in 2006, with the assistance of the Chinese Government. Moreover, China continued to extend support, under the initiative to renovate the Foreign Ministry Building, which commenced in 2019.

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih formerly inaugurated the Foreign Ministry Building in 2021.

The Foreign Ministry extended sincere appreciation and gratitude to the Chinese government for the continued support and cooperation in further strengthening the Maldives-China bilateral relations.

The assistance was initially announced in January 2022 during the Chinese State Councilor, and Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s visit to Maldives, to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of diplomatic relations between both nations.