The Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the Maldives, His Excellency Mr Zhang Lizhong made a farewell call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs His Excellency Abdulla Shahid this afternoon at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Foreign Minister Shahid conveyed his sincere gratitude and appreciation for the immense efforts made by the Ambassador to strengthen bilateral ties between Maldives and China, and the generous support he had extended to the Maldives during his ambassadorial tenure.
Ambassador Zhang expressed his positive sentiments, and reiterated his own commitment to continue working closely with the Government of Maldives in all aspects of the bilateral relationship between the two countries. He mentioned that he found the Maldives and the Maldivian people to be hospitable and unique, and thanked the Government for the support it had extended to the friendly people and the Government of China.
Foreign Minister Shahid acknowledged the warmth and affection with which the Maldivian people have come to regard the Ambassador due the efforts he has taken to facilitate development in the country and for his active engagement with the local community. He personally thanked the Ambassador for his efforts in assisting the Maldives during the COVID-19 pandemic. Foreign Minister Shahid mentioned that while he wishes the Ambassador good fortune and success in all his future endeavors, he will always be welcome to visit the country again as a friend of the Maldives.