Japan extends US$ 70 mill grant for counter-terrorism efforts

The Government of Japan has extended a grant of US$ 70 million for counter-terrorism efforts.

During President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih's ongoing official visit to Japan, Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid signed the Exchange of Notes on behalf of the Maldivian government on Monday. Ms. Yanai Keiko, Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Maldives, signed the Exchange of Notes on behalf of the Japanese government.

Foreign Ministry said the grant was extended for further promoting the economic and social development of the Maldives. This grant will be utilized towards countering terrorism, said the Ministry.

Earlier on Monday, President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe and held bilateral discussions.

The President's Office said the two leaders conversed on how best to forward bilateral relations between Maldives and Japan by building on the fruitful history of constructive engagement between the two countries.

During the meeting, the President extended his heartfelt gratitude to Japan’s government and people for all that it has done for the Maldives over the years.