The High Commissioner of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka to the Maldives, H.E Rohana Bedagge, paid a courtesy call on H.E Vice President Faisal Naseem, this morning at the President’s Office. The Vice President congratulated the High Commissioner, who had recently presented credentials to President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, on his recent appointment.

The Vice President and High Commissioner discussed the good relations between the Maldives and Sri Lanka, which predate formal diplomatic relations and have long endured on the basis of our cultural similarities and frequent people to people interactions. They discussed taking forward bilateral cooperation on a range of fields from education, culture, performance art and on exploring potential new avenues for collaboration.

The Vice President thanked the Sri Lankan Government for their efforts to attend to the well-being of the many Maldivians living in Sri Lanka, during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The High Commissioner in turn expressed his sincere hope that both countries can soon recover from the disease’s impacts, and focus their energies on rebuilding our respective economies and societies.

Ending the call, the Vice President expressed his confidence in the High Commissioner’s ability to progress the already excellent relations between our two countries. The High Commissioner expressed his keenness to work with the present administration towards that end.