Pakistan senate chairman visits Maldives to strengthen bilateral ties

The Chairman Senate said that Pakistan places its bilateral relationship with Maldives at high esteem and desires to enhance mutual cooperation. Photograph:( Others )

Male, Maldives Oct 16, 2016, 08.39 AM (IST) Umaima Rasheed Hussain

The chairman of the senate of Pakistan, Mian Razan Rabbani, met the speaker of People’s Majlis (the unicameral legislative body of the Maldives),  Abdulla Maseeh Mohamed, on Sunday and held discussions about strengthening bilateral ties. 

Rabbani arrived in Maldives on Saturday night following an invitation by Maseeh Mohamed.

Ahead of departure from Pakistan, Rabbani had said that Pakistan places its bilateral relationship with the island nation at high esteem and desires to further enhance mutual cooperation and parliamentary linkages. "Both the countries have supported each other on international forums and boosting parliamentary cooperation would give further impetus to our friendly ties," he had said. 

He was greeted at Ibrahim Nasir International Airport by Maseeh Mohamed and some members of parliament (MPs), including the majority leader Ahmed Nihan Hussain Manik.

The senate chaiman is also scheduled to meet the President of the Maldives and visit the Islamic center during his visit.

It's pertinent to mention that the regional SAARC summit that was scheduled to be held in Pakistan in November had been canceled over the ongoing tensions between the two regional powers, India and Pakistan. 

India was the first country to pull out of SAARC summit and was later followed by Bangladesh, Bhutan and Afghanistan. Sri Lanka became the fifth country to pull out of the regional summit leaving the current SAARC chair Nepal, and the host country Pakistan and the Maldives. Pakistan has subsequently postponed the summit after the massive pullout. 

Both Maldives and Nepal have urged the South Asian nations to create a conducive environment for the summit.