Maldives prepares to greet Saudi king

March 16 16:36 2017

The Maldives is preparing for the official visit of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on Saturday afternoon with rehearsals for the red-carpet welcoming ceremony at the Republic Square in Malé.

Rehearsals took place at 2 pm on Wednesday and Thursday with roads around the square and the official jetty closed to traffic.

The police have also announced that roads surrounding Malé’s northern waterfront will be closed to both traffic and pedestrians from 12 pm on Saturday until the welcoming ceremony ends.

According to newspaper Mihaaru, official talks will take place at the president’s office on Saturday, after which agreements will be signed to provide assistance to the Maldives in various fields, including the health and education sectors.

After the official talks, the king will leave for a five-day holiday at a high-end resort.

Online paper VFP reported today that the king will stay at the One and Only Reethi Rah in North Malé atoll. He will reportedly go to the resort from the airport and come to Malé via helicopter.

Saudi military personnel has been involved in the rehearsals to prepare for the king’s arrival, sources told VFP, which also reported that other members of the king’s delegation will stay at the Anantara Kihavah Villas in Baa atoll.

The advance security personnel and some Saudi government officials have been staying at the Sheraton Maldives resort in North Malé atoll.

Source URL:  Maldives Independent

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