Chinese President Xi Jinpeng has departed from the Maldives this morning after concluding a historic first ever visit to the Maldives by a Chinese President.
China and Maldives signed eight different MoUs during Xi’s one day visit, most notably the agreements on the development of Ibrahim International Airport (INIA) and promoting the construction of the Malé-Hulhulé Bridge.
Maldives also agreed to actively take part in the 21st century maritime silk road linking china to the east coast of Africa and to the Mediterranean further strengthening the diplomatic ties with the Chinese Government.
Other agreements include a Chinese funded and implemented Hulhumale housing project and a 15.1 kilometer link road in southern Laamu Atoll.
President Xi said he would encourage Chinese investment and promised financial support for further projects in the Maldives. He also encouraged more Maldivians to visit China and said that the two governments should encourage travel exchanges.
Xi is due to visit Sri Lanka today and India tomorrow as part of his South Asia tour.