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Chinese Embassy in Maldives Holds Opening Ceremony

2011/11/09

On November 8, 2011, the Chinese Embassy in the Maldives held a grand opening ceremony in Male, capital of the Maldives. Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Zhijun chaired the ceremony and made remarks. Around 100 people attended the event, including Chinese Ambassador to Maldives Yu Hongyao, Maldivian President's Special Envoy Ibrahim Hussein Zaki, Speaker of the Maldivian People's Majlis Abdulla Shahid and several state ministers of the Maldives.

Zhang said in his speech that China and the Maldives are good friends and good partners and enjoy a long tradition of friendly exchanges. The bilateral relations have grown healthily and stably over years. The two sides maintain frequent high-level exchanges and deep pragmatic cooperation in trade, economy and culture. China has become the largest source of tourists to the Maldives. The inauguration of Chinese embassy in the Maldives is a significant event of bilateral relations and will help further strengthen the bilateral friendly exchanges and mutually beneficial cooperation. The Chinese government attaches importance to developing relations with the Maldives and is willing to work with the Maldives to raise the bilateral friendly cooperative relations to a higher level.

On behalf of President Mohamed Nasheed and the Maldivian government, Zaki extended warm congratulations on the inauguration of the Chinese embassy. He said that China is a close friend of the Maldives. The Maldivian side is satisfied with the all-round development of bilateral relations since the Maldives and China established diplomatic ties 39 years ago and full of confidence in the future of bilateral relations. The Maldives appreciates China's support for its economic and social development and welcomes the establishment of Chinese embassy which it believes will help increase the bilateral friendly exchanges and pragmatic cooperation.

Later, Zhang, Yu, Zaki and Shahid inaugurated the embassy jointly.

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