PM off to Maldives


ISLAMABAD JULY 22 (TNS): At the invitation of President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom of   Maldives, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif left for Maldives Tuesday morning on a three-day visit.

The premier will be the chief guest at the celebrations of the 52nd Independence Day of Maldives on Wednesday (tomorrow).

He will also hold official talks with the Maldivian president during his stay in the state, which is also a member of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC).

The future of SAARC would also come up for discussion besides mutual cooperation of the two ‘brotherly countries’. A number of memoranda of understanding and agreements will be signed during the visit for cooperation in various fields.

Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz is accompanying the prime minister.

The diplomatic relations with Maldives, established on July 26, 1966 had grown from strength to strength. Both the countries closely coordinate with each other at regional and international forums on issues of mutual importance. The Pakistan-Maldives relationships are marked by close and warm sentiments between people of the two countries,” the Foreign Office said.

“The visit of the prime minister will provide impetus to further strengthening our bilateral relations with the Maldives in all areas, including politics, trade, economy, defense, tourism, education and people to people contacts.”


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