China willing to assist Maldives: Chinese amb

The Chinese Ambassador to the Maldives, Zhang Lizhog has stated that the country will provide assistance to the Maldives amid the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Following the detection of COVID-19 in the Maldives, the government of Maldives has requested for Chinese assistance to manage the situation. In a tweet published Monday, Ambassador Zhang said Maldives had supported China during its time of distress, and that China would reciprocate the support.

The ambassador further revealed that the supply requested by the Maldives government is ready for dispatch, and that a flight is being arranged to carry the items.

Since direct flights from China to Maldives have been suspended in addition to several other international airlines, there have been some challenges in bringing cargo from China.

Responding to the Chinese Ambassador’s tweet, Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid thanked China for its assistance. He acknowledged that there are difficulties in getting flights due to the interruption to the international airlines owing to COVID-19. However, it is hoped Chinse assistance will reach the Maldives soon, said the minister.