3 February 2019
President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih met with the Maldivian community residing in Sri Lanka. The meeting was held this evening at the Embassy of Maldives in Sri Lanka.
Highlighting the longstanding historic relations between Maldives and Sri Lanka, the President noted that Sri Lanka was the first country that helped the Maldives to gain independence, and that the Maldives’ first overseas embassy was established in Sri Lanka.
Expressing gratitude for Sri Lanka’s manifold assistance to the Maldives, the President noted that Sri Lanka has greatly contributed to the development of the Maldives’ educational system — especially towards establishing an English medium of education.
Moreover, he noted that Sri Lankan aid and cooperation has greatly contributed to the enhancing of Maldives’ healthcare, infrastructure and overall economy.
Additionally, he thanked the Sri Lankan government, its leaders and the citizens of Sri Lanka for always supporting the Maldives in its fight for democracy.
The President also stressed that the key objective of this administration’s foreign policy is to safeguard our independence and sovereignty, and thereby ensure the country’s security. He appealed to Maldivian expatriates in Sri Lanka to always embody Maldivian values of discipline and decency in their conduct and to strive to ensure that Sri Lankans retain their positive view of Maldivians.
In addition to this, whilst meeting with the Maldivian community in Sri Lanka, President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih announced that Maldivians residing in Sri Lanka will be eligible for Aasandha healthcare insurance, from April on wards.
His Excellency further noted that the administration is working towards providing Aasandha healthcare services to the Maldivian community in other neighboring countries as well, as part of this administration’s efforts to help Maldivians living abroad.
Moreover, The President noted that this administration has eased the student loan schemes, in response to requests made in previous visits.
During the three-day State Visit, President Solih will participate at the 71st National Day celebrations as a Guest of Honor and will meet with President Maithripala Sirisena on a one-on-one basis, to discuss further avenues to strengthen bilateral ties.