Chinese ambassador Zhang Lizhong pays farewell call on President Solih

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih pictured with the Chinese ambassador to the Maldives Zhang Lizhong. (Photo/President's Office)

Chinese Ambassador Zhang Lizhong has paid his farewell call on President Ibrahim Mohmed Solih. 

The ambassador visited the President’s office in the morning of today for the farewell call. During this meeting, President Solih conveyed his greetings and well wishes to the ambassador and also expressed gratitude for the continued support and assistance by the ambassador during his tenure, according to the President’s Office.

President Solih also highlighted the fact that China has been a longstanding development partner of the Maldives and remains a close friend and ally. The President also noted the generous assistance and the continued support by the Ambassador as well as the Chinese government to the Maldives. He also praised the Chinese government for their generous contribution in 200,000 doses of the Sinopharm vaccine and other medical equipment in the Maldivian vaccine drive.

The President and the Ambassador during this meeting also highlighted the several spheres in which the Maldives and China presently cooperate: in socioeconomic development, tourism, health, trade, and investments, among a multitude of other bilateral and multilateral engagements, according to the President’s Office. 

The Ambassador on the other hand also expressed his pleasure to serve the Chinese government as their representative to the Maldives. 

The President then wished the Ambassador well in all of his future endeavors.