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Comments on the Presidential Election of Maldives by the Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China

On September 25th, Mr. Geng Shuang, Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, made the comments on the presidential election of Maldives on the regular press conference.

Q: On September 24, the Maldives Election Commission announced the preliminary results of the presidential election. Maldivian joint opposition presidential candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih won the election with 58 percent of the vote. What is your comment? What are China's expectations for the future development of China-Maldives ties?

A: The Chinese side congratulates the Maldives on the smooth holding of the general election and Mr. Solih on his election as the President. We respect the choice made by the people in the Maldives and hope that the Maldives can maintain stability and development.

China and the Maldives enjoy traditional friendship. In recent years, our bilateral relations have maintained a sound momentum of growth. Our two sides have conducted mutually beneficial cooperation under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative, which has yielded fruitful outcomes. We are willing to work with the Maldives to continue to cement traditional friendship and deepen mutually beneficial cooperation so as to deliver benefits to our two countries and two peoples.

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