Your Excellency Ambassador Kazumi Endo,
Honourable Ministers and Members of Parliament, distinguished guests
Ladies and gentlemen,
Assalaamalaikum, konbanwa and a very good evening to you all
It is indeed a great honour and a distinct privilege for me to be here at this very special occasion.
On behalf of His Excellency President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, and the people of the Maldives, I have the honour to extend heartfelt greetings and sincere best wishes to His Imperial Majesty Emperor Akihito, members of the Imperial Family, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the Government and the friendly people of Japan on this auspicious and joyful occasion marking the 84th Birthday of His Majesty Emperor Akihito.
Bismillahi- Rahmani Rahim
Your Excellency Mr. Masakazu Hamachi, Parliamentary Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan,
Your Excellency Ambassador Suganuma,
Ministers, Members of Parliament,
Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,
Assalaamalaikum, konbanwa and very good evening to you all
Tonight as we gather to celebrate the joyous occasion of the opening of the Embassy of Japan in the Maldives, I wish to congratulate the Government and friendly people of Japan and welcome this important milestone in the close relations between our two counties. The opening of the Embassy is the beginning of a new chapter in the strong bonds between the governments and the peoples of Maldives and Japan; I am privileged and honoured to be part of this important event. I have the honour to warmly welcome, His Excellency Masakazu Hamachi, Parliamentary Vice Minister of Japan.