Vice President Faisal Naseem has expressed confidence in the potential for further enhancement of Maldives-Saudi relations.
Vice President Naseem made these remarks during the ceremony held to commemorate the 93rd National Day of Saudi Arabia.
The event took place at Kurumba Maldives Resort on Saturday.
During the event, VP Naseem expressed his heartfelt congratulations and best wishes to King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Prince Mohammed bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, and the government and citizens of Saudi Arabia.
Speaking at the function, the Maldivian Vice President assured the unwavering commitment of President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih's administration to further strengthen the deep bonds of friendship between the Maldives and Saudi Arabia.
He underscored the bilateral relationship between the Maldives and Saudi Arabia, which has endured for over four decades.
Noting the connection, founded on mutual respect and trust, he highlighted that the Maldives and Saudi Arabia, both countries with Muslim populations, share close Islamic, cultural, and historical ties.
The Vice President acknowledged the recent enhancement of bilateral relations between the two nations due to the strategic vision of their respective leaders. He noted the decision made by the Saudi government in 2023, to grant e-visas and on-arrival visas to Maldivians as a significant milestone in this context.
Furthermore, Vice President Naseem highlighted the significance of the unification of the Kingdoms of Hejaz and Nejd, an event that culminated in the formation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He commended the considerable transformations and progress made by Saudi Arabia across various sectors, including infrastructure, economy, education, healthcare, and technology.