Riyadh, 6 June 2022 (TDI): The Foreign Ministers of Saudi Arabia and the Maldives, Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud and Abdullah Shahid met at Riyadh’s ministry’s headquarters on Sunday.

The two leaders reviewed bilateral relations between their countries and discussed measures to improve collaboration in various aspects during the reception.

Moreover, they discussed ways for expanding cooperative collaboration in all sectors, particularly the economy.

They also discussed the regional and international issues of mutual interest during the meeting.

Furthermore, the Foreign Ministers addressed current collaboration initiatives. They highlighted that Maldives’ and Saudi Arabia’s long-standing friendship and cooperation are based on Islamic solidarity, mutual understanding, and kindness.

The Foreign Minister of Maldives praised Saudi Arabia’s “competent” leadership and consistent government support.

He also commended the Saudi government for its proximity to the Maldives.

In addition, Shahid delivered a Letter from President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih addressed to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

The Deputy Minister for Political Affairs Ambassador Dr. Saud M. Al-Sati, and the Kingdom’s Ambassador to the Maldives, Mutrek bin Abdullah Al-Ajaleen were also present at the meeting.

Bilateral relations between the Maldives and Saudi Arabia

The Maldives and Saudi Arabia established their diplomatic ties in 1981.

The Embassy of the Maldives in Saudi Arabia is located in Riyadh and was established in  2008. Whereas the Saudi Arabian Embassy in the Maldives was founded in Malé, in the August of 2015.

Both countries have indicated their willingness to expand cooperation in foreign affairs, defense, Islamic affairs, justice, economy, investment, and trade sectors.

Moreover, the Saudi Fund for Development will continue to support Maldivian development projects.

As part of efforts to expand educational and cultural relations, Saudi Arabia will grant scholarships to Maldivian students.

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