The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Maldives, Abdulla Shahid has sent a message of felicitation to Hayashi Yoshimasa, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan, on the 55th Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Maldives and Japan.
Minister’s message reads as follows:
"It gives me great pleasure to convey warm greetings and sincere good wishes of the Government and the people of Maldives, and those of my own, to Your Excellency, the Government, and the friendly people of Japan, as we celebrate the 55th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Maldives and Japan.
Over these 55 years, our bilateral relations have maintained sound and steady growth and have stood the test of time. Our partnership has grown to encompass many areas of cooperation notably the contribution towards the socio-economic development of Maldives. Today, our countries continue to enjoy excellent and multifaceted relations, which are underpinned by strong bonds of friendship and expanding people-to-people exchanges.
Looking ahead, we are confident that what we have accomplished within the last five decades has been mutually beneficial for both our peoples and remain assured that the best years of our partnership are still ahead of us.
Please accept, Excellency, my best wishes for your success, good health and well-being and for the peace, progress and prosperity of the people of Japan."