Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif arrives in Maldives

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif arrives in Maldives
July 25 16:29 2017

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has arrived in the Maldives on a three-day official visit to participate as the chief guest in upcoming Independence Day ceremonies.

The Maldives marks the 52nd anniversary of independence from the British on July 26. An official ceremony featuring mass games and military drills will take place at the national stadium in Malé tomorrow night, followed by an official banquet hosted by the first couple on Thursday night.

Sharif was welcomed at the Velana International Airport by President Abdulla Yameen and First Lady Fathmath Ibrahim as the Maldives National Defence Force presented a Guard of Honour.

According to the president’s office, the two leaders will hold official talks and sign “a number of Memorandums of Understanding for cooperation in various fields”.

Sharif was accompanied by his wife Begum Kalsoom and Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz.

Pakistan’s foreign office said in a statement that 51-year-old diplomatic relations between the two countries have been “characterised by cordiality, mutual respect and commonality of interests,” and suggested that the visit would “provide impetus to further strengthen our bilateral relations with the Maldives in all areas, including politics, trade, economy, defence, tourism, education and people to people contacts.”

The official visit comes with Sharif mired in controversy after a damning corruption report by an investigative panel alleged that his family owns properties in London through offshore companies.

The Maldives is also facing renewed political turmoil with a four-party opposition coalition led by former Presidents Maumoon Abdul Gayoom and Mohamed Nasheed seeking to wrest control of parliament and challenge Yameen’s grip of power.

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  1. Shakeel
    July 25, 22:20 #1 Shakeel

    Pakistanis love Maldives.

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  2. MissIndia
    July 27, 03:45 #2 MissIndia

    Yes the Pakistanis do love the Maldives. You have so much in common that’s why. As for ‘muslim unity’, why doesn’t Pakistan get on with its muslim neighbours Afghanistan and Iran and why doesn’t Saudi Arabia get on with muslim Iran, Yemen and Qatar? This concept of ‘muslim ummah’ is a myth. It does not exist.
    Time for Maldivians to head for Pakistan for higher studies and medical treatment. It’s the best place for getting that degree in Koranic Studies and Islamic Jurisprudence and getting treated for drug addiction and STDs.
    You will not be missed.

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    • dooky
      July 29, 13:23 dooky

      Old woman BUT Pakistan,Bangladesh,Nepal,Sri Lanka ,Maldives people hate poverty India ..they call shit Indians is this ? Your Doctors ,Teachers all have become laughing stocks in foreign lands ..because of your KUWALIDY education.he he he

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  3. ahmed
    July 27, 12:51 #3 ahmed

    reallyyyyyy???????/.Pakistan is a big joke of a country.there twisted version of Islam is the second biggest joke.Maybe Shakeel luves terroristan not us bro

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