The Japanese Ambassador to the Maldives, Mr Kunio Takahashi, has met with President Mohamed Nasheed today. The meeting was held this afternoon at the President’s Office.

During the meeting, discussions were focused on the friendly relations that existed between the Maldives and Japan. They also discussed ways by which these relations could be enhanced during the coming years.

Highlighting that Japan had always provided their support and assistance towards the developmental aspirations of the Maldives, the President extended a special thanks to the Japanese government for their assistance in the fields in education, infrastructure and capacity building. He especially noted the tremendous assistances provided to the Maldives by JICA.

The President also briefed the ambassador on the current economic situation of the Maldives and the measures that the government was taking to ease the situation.

Ambassador Takahashi in turn conveyed to the President the assurances of his Government that Japan would continue to support the Maldives in its socio-economic development in various fields. He also congratulated the President for his efforts in to bring democracy in the Maldives and assured that Japan would continue to provide assistance to consolidate and strengthen democracy in the country.