ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: President Dr. Arif Alvi has urged the need to further cement bilateral ties between Pakistan and Maldives in all fields of mutual interest, especially in the education, health and tourism sectors.
While talking to Pakistan’s High Commissioner-designate to the Maldives, Vice Admiral (retd) Muhammad Fayyaz Gilani who called on him at Aiwan-e-Sadr in Islamabad on Tuesday, the president advised him to especially focus on establishing strategic ties with the Maldives in sectors such as trade, business and investment, people-to-people contacts, cooperation in health, education, human resource development as well as in the fields of defence, climate change and tourism.
صدر مملکت ڈاکٹر عارف علوی سے مالدیپ میں پاکستان کے نامزد ہائی کمشنر وائس ایڈمرل (ر) محمد فیاض گیلانی کی ملاقات
پاکستان اور مالدیپ کےمابین باہمی دلچسپی کے تمام شعبوں میں دوطرفہ تعلقات مزید مستحکم کرنے کی ضرورت ہے، صدر مملکت pic.twitter.com/CdQigMxqql
— The President of Pakistan (@PresOfPakistan) October 11, 2022
The president highlighted the potential of cooperation in the tourism industry between the two Countries as the Maldives was a world-class tourism destination and Pakistan could benefit from its expertise.
President Arif Alvi said that Pakistan can offer the distance learning and hybrid learning and education expertise of Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) and the Virtual University of Pakistan for imparting competitive and high-quality education in various educational disciplines to the Maldivian students.
The president expressed his satisfaction with the existing cordial relations and hoped that the newly appointed High Commissioner would effectively utilize all available diplomatic mechanisms including the Bilateral Political Consultations (BPC), Joint Economic Commission, and Joint Business Councils, to increase bilateral engagements between the two countries as well as cooperation within the framework of SARRC, OIC, UN and Commonwealth.
President Dr. Arif Alvi also asked the envoy to convey his greetings and best wishes to the President of Maldives Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.