Prime Minister of Bhutan Lyonchhen Jigmi Y. Thinley has concluded his visit to the Maldives. He was seen off at the Malé International Airport by President Mohamed Nasheed.

Meeting the press before departure, President Nasheed and Prime Minister Thinley noted that Prime Minister Thinley’s “fulfilling” visit to the Maldives has identified more opportunities for deeper understanding and areas for further collaboration and cooperation between both countries.

President Nasheed said consultations with Prime Minister Thinley have increased the government’s confidence as it prepared to host the 17th SAARC Summit in the Maldives later this year.

The President also extended well wishes to the King and the people of Bhutan on behalf of the government, the people of the Maldives and himself.

Addressing the Maldivian press at Malé International Airport, the Bhutanese Prime Minister said this visit, in particular, has been one that offered tremendous opportunity for deeper understanding, noting that this was not his first visit to the Maldives.

Prime Minister Thinley told the press that during the visit he has been “inspired by the many achievements that President Nasheed and his government have made in this very brief period of two years.”

Further, he added that as President Nasheed assumes the leadership of SAARC in November this year, “we will all have reasons for faith and confidence for renewed, for a more vigorous, for a more dynamic association.”

Prime Minister Thinley made the visit as the as the current Chair of the SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation).

During the four-day visit, Prime Minister Thinley called on the President and held official talks between both governments. He also met with the Speaker of People’s Majlis and members of the Maldivian government.