Governor of Riyadh Prince Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud arrived in the Maldives on 15 April, where he was greeted at Malé International Airport by President Mohamed Nasheed, Vice President Dr Mohamed Waheed and a procession of traditional guards.
Meeting at the President’s Office, President Nasheed thanked Prince Al-Saud for visiting the Maldives and said the visit would enhance relations between the Maldives and Saudi Arabia.
President Nasheed said Saudi Arabia was an important development partner for the Maldives and thanked the Saudi government for all their assistance.
Prince Al-Saud thanked President Nasheed for his hospitality.
Vice President Mohamed Waheed has departed the Maldives for an official visit to Saudi Arabia.
Dr Waheed’s visit is mainly focused on lobbying the upcoming Maldives Partnership Forum, or Donor Conference, to be held on 28-29 March.
The vice president met with the Saudi Finance Minister Dr Ibrahim Al-Assaf on 20 March, briefing him on the Donor Conference and thanking the Saudi government for its support of the Maldives.
Dr Al-Assaf said Saudi Arabia would participate in the Donor Conference and would continue its support to the Maldives.
Vice President Waheed then met with Governor of Riyadh Prince Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud.
They discussed bilateral relations between the two countries and ways to strengthen them, especially in the areas of economic cooperation.
Governor Prince Salman assured the Maldives of further economic assistance, saying it was the duty of Saudi Arabia to assist Islamic countries around the world.
Vice President Waheed then met with Assistant Secretary General for Economic Affairs of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Dr Mohamed Bin Obeid Al-Marzoi.
Dr Al-Marzoi said it would encourage GCC countries to participate in the Donor Conference and the GCC itself would participate in the Conference.