January 06, 2009: Prime Minister Jigme Thinley has sent invitation to Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed to attend the 16th SAARC Summit to be held in Bhutan.
The letter of invitation was presented to the President by the Special Envoy of the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ugyen Tshering Wednesday afternoon during a meeting held at the Maldivian President’s Office.
The President thanked Prime Minister Jigme Thinley, and confirmed the acceptance of the invitation.
Discussion, that followed the invitation call, focused on the existing close, friendly relations between the Maldives and Bhutan, as well as on challenges facing SAARC.
Noting the importance of enhancing the role of SAARC through greater cooperation among the member-countries, the Maldivian President said that the SAARC Summit should be more result-oriented.
The President commended King Jigme Khesar for providing the main impetus for political reform in Bhutan.
In response Tshering congratulated President Nasheed for the democratization of the Maldives and expressed confidence that the Maldives would attain greater development and prosperity under the Nasheed’s leadership.