Maldives to continue implementing existing cooperation projects with China: FM

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BEIJING, Oct 11 (APP):A spokesperson of Chinese foreign ministry said on Thursday that the Maldives would continue to implement all the deals and cooperation projects it had agreed to with the Chinese side.
“President-elect Ibrahim Solih told Chinese Ambassador to Maldives Zhang Lizhong explicitly that they very much appreciate China’s help and will continue to implement all the deals and cooperation projects they have agreed to with the Chinese side,” Lu Kang told media during his regular press briefing.
He said the Chinese and Maldivian governments had conducted various forms of cooperation on the basis of equal consultation. Such cooperation aimed to promote the economic and social development of the Maldives and their country and people’s benefit.
“We know that now and then there are always some people or forces that cannot bear the sight of China-Maldives cooperation running smoothly. But I have just made the situation very clear,” he said when asked to comment that the party which Ibrahim Solih belonged to took a very critical view of the Chinese projects in the Maldives in the run-up to the elections.
The spokesperson informed that the Chinese Ambassador recently called on Maldivian President-elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih to exchange views on China-Maldives relations.
Ambassador Zhang extended the Chinese leadership’s congratulations to Solih on his election and reiterated China’s friendly policy towards the Maldives.
He also expressed China’s readiness to work with the new Maldivian government to consolidate traditional friendship with the Maldives, deepen mutually beneficial cooperation and elevate China-Maldives relations to a new height.
He said that President-elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih asked Ambassador Zhang to convey his cordial greetings and best wishes to Chinese leaders and thanked China for its contributions to the development of his country.
“He said that the new Maldivian government will remain committed to strengthening its ties with the Chinese government, observing cooperation agreements already signed between the two sides, continuously implementing the existing cooperation projects, and discussing more cooperation projects in such fields as livelihood, infrastructure and tourism to achieve better development of our bilateral relations,” the spokesperson added.