The second meeting of the Joint Meeting Mechanism to deal with the issue of safety of Chinese tourists was held at Sheraton Full Moon Resort this afternoon.
H.E Dr. Mohamed Asim, Minister of Foreign Affairs and H.E Mr. Zhang Lizhong, Ambassador of China to the Maldives, co-chaired the meeting.

During the meeting, Minister Asim noted that China continues to be the main source of market for the Maldives tourism industry and given the large percentage of tourists from China, special attention is necessary to exchange ideas and ensuring a safe environment for Chinese tourists, during their stay in Maldives.

Minister Asim stated that the Government is working closely with the industry to ensure the safety and security of the industry. Minister Asim also highlighted some important measures taken by the Government to identify potential threats concerning the safety and security of tourists and to effectively counter and mitigate these threats.

Ambassador Zhang Lizhong thanked the Government and relevant authorities for the coordination and cooperation extended in ensuring a safe environment to the Chinese tourists in the Maldives.

During the meeting, a consensus on wide distribution of kind reminders for Chinese nationals in the Maldives was announced. Also the new version of the kind reminders for Chinese nationals in the Maldives was jointly launched by Minister Asim and Ambassador Lizhong.

The Joint Meeting was attended by senior officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Embassy of China in the Maldives, Ministry of Tourism, Maldives Immigration, Maldives Police Service, NDMC, MMPRC, MACL, MATI, representatives from tourist resorts, guest houses, various airlines, various travel agencies and Chinese companies undertaking projects in the Maldives.

The Meeting was held under the Memorandum of Understanding concluded between the Maldives and China during the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to the Maldives in September 2014.