Monday, October 11, 2004

Maldivian president meets visiting top Chinese official

Maldivian president meets visiting top Chinese official

MALE, Oct. 11 (Xinhuanet) -- Maldivian President Maumoon Gayoom met here on Monday with visiting top official of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Wu Guanzheng and both sides discussed bilateral relations between the two friendly countries. Wu, member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau ofthe CPC Central Committee, said during the meeting that the relations between China and the Maldives have seen a steadily development and the cooperation in the fields of economy, education and tourism.

They are deepened with the increasing high level exchange since the establishment of
diplomatic ties more than three decades ago.

spoke highly of the contribution of President Gayoom, an oldfriend of the Chinese people, to the strengthening of friendship between China and the
Wu, also Secretary of the CPC Central Commission
for DisciplineInspection, said that the Chinese government has appreciated the firm support of the Maldivian counterpart on the issues of Taiwan,human rights and Tibet.

He emphasized that the Chinese government maintains
that all countries, big or small, rich or poor, should respect each other, cohabitate in a friendly manner and cooperate on the basis of mutual benefit.

He further said that China is willing to expand friendly cooperation in all domains between the two countries in order to further push forward the bilateral relations.

President Gayoom asked Wu to convey his warm greetings and bestwishes to the new leadership of China and expressed his satisfaction with the smooth development of Sino-Maldivian ties. He also highly valued the achievements made by China in the implementation of its policy of reform and the opening up to the outside world as well as in the process of its modernization.

The president also hailed China's commitment to the
foreign policy of independence and self-reliance, which he said is conducive to safeguarding peace and stability in the region and the whole world.

He noted that the Maldivian government will continue to pursue the One-China policy and constantly strengthen the friendly cooperation in all fields with China.
He thanked the Chinese government and its people for their longterm support and assistance to the Maldivians.

Wu also met with Maldivian Foreign Minister Fathulla Jameel late Sunday. Both sides had an in-depth exchange of views on the issues of common concern including the development of the Sino-Maldivian relations.

Wu arrived here on Sunday following his goodwill
visit to Sri Lanka. His four-nation tour will also take him to Indonesia and the Philippines. Enditem


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