Japanese Ambassador Keiko Yanai pays farewell visit to the President

Ambassador of Japan to Maldives Keiko Yanai with President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih | Photo: Embassy of Japan in Maldives

Malé, Maldives – The Japanese Ambassador to the Republic of Maldives H.E. Keiko Yanai has paid her farewell call on President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih. The meeting was held this morning at the President’s ‎Office.‎

During the meeting, President Solih commended the Japanese Ambassador for her tremendous commitment to strengthening the Maldives’ long-standing relationship with Japan. He also acknowledged Japan’s prominent role in supporting the Maldives’ development, including assistance in major projects such as the seawall constructed around Malé and scholarship opportunities provided to Maldivian students over the years.

Ambassador Yanai expressed gratitude for the Maldivian government’s support and help throughout her stay and stated her commitment to promoting the Maldives’ rich culture in Japan.

The President also expressed gratitude, on behalf of the Maldivian government and people, for the JPY 5 billion granted to assist in the emergency response to Covid-19. He also emphasised that this is by far Japan’s greatest concessional loan to the Maldives, demonstrating the Japanese government’s generosity and the close bilateral friendship between our two countries. Furthermore, the President and Ambassador recalled their visit to Tokyo back in October 2019.

At the meeting, Ambassador Yanai and President Solih addressed future avenues of collaboration between the two countries and expressed fresh optimism for the advancement of bilateral relations between the two countries. 2022 would mark the 55th anniversary of bilateral relations between the two countries.