Vice President Dr Mohamed Jameel Ahmed departed on an official visit to Qatar and Kuwait last night.
Speaking to reporters prior to his departure, Dr Jameel said the main purpose of the trip was to strengthen ties with Arab Islamic nations.
He added that the government was seeking investments from Arab countries in healthcare and housing as well as assistance for development projects.
Discussions would also take place about establishing an Islamic university in the Maldives, he said.
“In addition to this, we will also talk with these countries about providing budget support to the Maldives,” he said.
The vice president was accompanied on the trip by Islamic Minister Dr Mohamed Shaheem Ali Saeed and President’s Office Minister Abdulla Ameen.