Islamabad, 27 July 2022 (TDI): Maldives and Pakistan marked the 56th anniversary of establishing formal diplomatic relations on Tuesday. Both states established diplomatic relations on 26 July 1966.

The Maldives and Pakistan enjoy historically and close neighborly relations based on mutual understanding, goodwill, and Islamic brotherhood.

The leaders of both states have agreed to work together to strengthen the solidarity of the Muslim Ummah, consequently promoting the true values of Islam internationally.

State visits between Maldives and Pakistan

Maldives attended the 12th SAARC Summit in Islamabad in January 2004. On the sidelines of the Summit, the President and Prime Minister of Pakistan had bilateral meetings with the President of Maldives.

The Foreign Secretary held bilateral consultations with the Foreign Secretary of Maldives on the sidelines of the SAARC Standing Committee meeting in Kathmandu.

In November 2004, Pakistan Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz visited the Maldives and met with President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom.

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Aziz offered to extend credit facilities, scholarships, collaboration in scientific and technological fields,

Furthermore, both states pledged to extend cooperation in training civil servants, defense, and security personnel in the Maldives.

Strengthening Bilateral Ties

On 25 June 2017, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was invited by Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen on the occasion of the independence day of Maldives.

Bot states reevaluated crucial strategies for enhancing bilateral cooperation and interpersonal ties.

The two leaders also discussed ways to further enhance cooperation at regional and international forums.

Consequently, both states signed memorandums of understanding and agreements to extend the collaboration.

Cooperation in the fields of tourism, climate change, trade, education, civil service cooperation, and building the capacity of diplomats.

In addition, Maldives and Pakistan established Joint Working Committees to monitor the implementation of the MOUs agreed upon by both states.

Both leaders remarked that the Maldives’ and Pakistan’s bilateral relations are defined by cordiality, mutual respect, and shared interests.