Vice President Faisal Naseem has expressed appreciation to the Pakistani government for their prominent role in the socio-economic development of the Maldives. He also reassured of the Maldives’ commitment to assist Pakistan on all beneficial spheres of engagement bilaterally, regionally and on the wider international arena.

The Vice President’s remarks were made at the reception held this evening to mark the 79th anniversary of Pakistan Day. Pakistan Day commemorates the passing of Lahore Resolution on 23 March 1940 that eventually led to the adoption of the first constitution of Pakistan on 23 March 1956.

In his speech, Vice President Naseem expressed his confidence that the Maldives and Pakistan will continue to work together, to ensure the prosperity, safety and stability of South Asia and the Indian Ocean region, while further strengthening the regional cooperation in South Asia. He also reaffirmed the Maldives’ commitment to further enhancing the longstanding culture of cooperation between the two countries, to ensure a better quality of life for the citizens of both the countries.

Noting that the Maldives and Pakistan have had formal diplomatic ties for over fifty years, Vice President Naseem underscored that the long-tenured friendship between the two countries stems from common culture, shared faith in Islam and mutual respect and understanding.