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.
Had the pleasure of handing over the plot for the Chinese Embassy from the Diplomatic Enclave in Hulhumale’ to @AmbassadorZhang today. Land has been already allocated for embassies of India, Bangladesh and Sri lanka; and more will be allocated in the future on reciprocity basis. pic.twitter.com/Nwk00X8rVX— Abdulla Shahid ???? (@abdulla_shahid) October 9, 2019
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.