ISLAMABAD, July 24 (TNS): Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will embark on a three day official visit to Maldives on Tuesday (today), according to Foreign Office.
He is visiting Maldives on the invitation of Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom to be the Chief Guest at the celebrations of the 52nd Independence Day of Maldives. The celebrations will be held on July 26, 2017. He will also hold official talks with the Maldivian President. A number of Memorandums of Understanding /Agreements for cooperation in various fields would also be signed after the talks.
Diplomatic relations with Maldives, established on July 26, 1966, have grown from strength to strength. Both the countries closely coordinate with each other at regional and international fora on issues of mutual importance. Pakistan attaches high importance to its relations with the Maldives which are characterized by cordiality, mutual respect and commonality of interests. Pakistan-Maldives relationship is marked by close and warm sentiments between the people of the two countries.
The visit of the Prime Minister will provide impetus to further strengthen our bilateral relations with the Maldives in all areas including political, trade, economic, defense, tourism, education and people to people contacts. The visit is in line with our pro-active policy of engagement with the countries of our region.