Land allocated from Hulhumale’ for Chinese embassy

Chinese Ambassador Zhang Lizhong (L) and Maldivian Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid (R) shake hands following exchange of documents for allocation of land for the Chinese embassy from the Diplomatic Enclave in Hulhumale' on October 9, 2019. (Photo/Foreign Ministry)

The Chinese government has been allocated land from the Diplomatic Enclave in suburban Hulhumale’ to relocate its embassy.

Official documents regarding the allocation was exchanged between Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid and Chinese ambassador Zhang Lizhong on Wednesday.

Ambassador Zhang has expressed his gratitude in a tweet.

“I and my colleagues feel much delighted at this great news and wish to express gratitude to the support and quick facilitation from the government of the Maldives,” tweeted Zhang.

He also expressed his gratitude to Shahid and Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.

India, which has also been allocated land from the Diplomatic Enclave, laid the foundation stone for the new embassy in September. Meanwhile, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have also been allocated land from the Diplomatic Enclave but have yet to exchange the official documents.

Shahid, in his tweet marking the allocation of land to China on Wednesday, said that more land will be allocated from the Diplomatic Enclave to other diplomatic missions based on reciprocity basis.