President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, held first official talks on Monday since resuming diplomatic ties in January.
The two leaders met at the Amiri Diwan, Amir’s Administrative Office in Doha, as part of the President Solih’s ongoing official visit to Qatar which started on March 14. The talks involved discussions about strengthening bilateral ties between the two countries and the President highlighted Qatar’s generosity and invaluable contributions to socio-economic development of Maldives.
During the discussions, the two leaders talked about the impacts of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic in their respective countries and the President praised the measures taken by Qatari government to control the spread of the virus as it has one of the lowest fatality rates in the world.
Furthermore, President Solih emphasized the need to hasten the diversification of Maldives’ economy and to build a more resilient economy through decentralization and sustainable development. The pair also discussed about increasing people-to-people contact and business interactions between the two countries.
In the meeting, President Solih announced his intention to appoint a non-resident Maldivian Ambassador to Qatar to further strengthen bilateral relations. He also offered to work with the Government of Qatar on important issues, such as climate change and protection of human rights.
An official lunch was hosted after the meeting in the President’s honor by Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani.