PM Heads to Maldives to Strengthen Bilateral Ties

Prime Minister Hun Sen is heading to the Maldives next week to sign a raft of bilateral agreements
Prime Minister Hun Sen speaks at an event in August 2022. Kiripost/SPS Page
Prime Minister Hun Sen speaks at an event in August 2022. Kiripost/SPS Page

Prime Minister Hun Sen will lead a delegation on an official visit to Maldives from January 15-17 and is expected to sign several bilateral agreements.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said in a statement on Friday that Hun Sen will also hold official talks with Maldives President, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, over various aspects of bilateral, regional and international cooperation.

After the meeting, the two leaders will preside over the signing ceremony of a number of documents on bilateral cooperation, the Ministry said.

The statement added that during the visit, Hun Sen will also receive separate courtesy calls by the Vice President, the Speaker of the People's Majlis, the Chief Justice and the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

The Ministry said the visit “will present an opportunity for both sides to review the entire range of bilateral cooperation, including exploring new avenues to further strengthen cooperation on trade, investment, connectivity, health, culture, agriculture and human resources development that are mutually beneficial to the two countries and people”.

Situated in the Indian Ocean, as of 2021, the archipelagic state had a GDP of $5.4 billion and a small population of more than 500,000 living dispersed across hundreds of islands.

Known for its beautiful beaches and water, the Maldives is an upper-middle-income country and is mainly dependent on tourism.