The new resident Ambassador of China, His Excellency Mr. Zhang Lizhong, paid a courtesy call on Minister of Foreign Affairs H.E. Dr. Mohamed Asim, today.

During the call held at Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Minister Asim congratulated Ambassador Zhang Lizhong on his appointment and wished him success during his tenure. Minister Asim reiterated the importance attached by the Maldives to its relations with China and thanked the Ambassador for the valuable support extended by the Government of China to the socio-economic development of the Maldives. 

Both Minister and the Ambassador also discussed international and regional issues of mutual interest and agreed to coordinate closely on such issues, especially within the United Nations.

The meeting was attended by Secretary, Bilateral H.E. Mr. Ahmed Khaleel and Director, Ahmed Fazeel.

This year marks the forty-fifth anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Maldives and China. Ambassador Zhang Lizhong is the third resident Ambassador from China to Maldives.