President extends greetings to Japan on 55th Maldives-Japan relations anniversary

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih at the Viavathi Raajje conference being held in Gan Island of Laamu Atoll | Photo: President’s Office

Malé, Maldives – President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on Monday sent greetings to the Emperor of Japan, Naruhito, and the Prime Minister of Japan, Fumio Kishida on the 55th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Maldives and Japan.

In his message to Naruhito, President Solih stated that over the course of these past decades, Japan has proven to be one of the Maldives’ most steadfast and reliable development partners.

He said that Japan’s immense contribution to the social and economic progress of the Maldives has brought significant transformation to the up-skilling of the Maldivian workforce, as well as the health and wellbeing of our communities and their empowerment.

He conveyed the continued commitment of the Government of Maldives to further strengthen Maldives-Japan ties.

President Solih stated in a separate message to Prime Minister Fumio Kishida that Maldives-Japan relations have flourished over the decades due to the common commitment to democracy, peace, and human rights, and ensuring that the benefits of development are felt by all segments of society.

He also stated that the high-level bilateral cooperation between the two countries is supported by people-to-people contact. He concluded his message by stating that the Government of Maldives looks forward to continuing to work with the Government of Japan to explore other mutually beneficial areas of cooperation.

Diplomatic relations between the two nations was established in 1967.