Maldivian President congratulates PM Johnson on UK election victory

Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih. (File Photo/President's Office)

Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has congratulated the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on his Conservative Party’s success in securing a solid majority of seats in Britain’s Parliament.

President Solih congratulated PM Johnson in a short statement via his official Twitter account this Friday.

He noted that the UK was the first country Maldives established diplomatic relations with, in 1965. He said that the Maldives and UK had continued to collaborate closely on issues of mutual concern, and said that he looked forward to reinforcing the existing ties.

Britain's Prime Minister and Conservative Party leader Boris Johnson gestures as he speaks after the Uxbridge and South Ruislip constituency count declaration at Brunel University in Uxbridge, London, Friday, Dec. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Interim results have been declared for 648 of the 650 seats this Friday. The Conservatives have reached the 363 mark, guaranteeing their majority, while the main opposition Labor Party has gained 203 seats.

The victory makes PM Johnson the most electorally successful Conservative leader since Margaret Thatcher.