The Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games opening ceremony started on Friday. The program is divided into 15 segments, including the parade of athletes and the lighting of the Olympic flame.
As the ceremony started, the lights dimmed and a 24-second countdown followed.
The opening day of the 2022 Winter Olympics coincides with the “Beginning of Spring”, which is the first of the 24 solar terms of the year. It is used to count down the last seconds before the ceremony, reflecting the Chinese people’s understanding of time.
Indian External Affairs Minister pays a courtesy call on the President
The Minister of External Affairs of the Republic of India, H.E. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, on Wednesday, paid a courtesy call on H.E. President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih. The meeting was held at the VVIP lounge at the Hanimaadhooo International Airport.
Speaking with Dr Jaishankar, President Solih expressed his appreciation to the minister for attending the groundbreaking ceremony of the Hanimaadhoo International Airport expansion project. He added that the project would transform the economic landscape of the country and the northern region into an economic hub.
The President also expressed his gratitude to the Prime Minister of India, H.E. Narendra Modi, the government of India and its friendly people for the continued assistance to the Maldives.
President Solih and Dr Jaishankar discussed strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries. They emphasised their commitment to enhancing cooperation in areas of mutual interest, such as tourism cooperation, business-to-business cooperation focusing on small and medium-sized enterprises and other areas of bilateral, regional and multilateral cooperation. The President also noted the financial and budgetary support provided to the Maldives by the government of India.
The President highlighted that the Maldives-India friendship is rooted in cultural and historical links and shared values. He added that the Maldives had gained immense benefits under India’s “Neighbourhood First Policy” and assured Maldives’ continued commitment to upholding its India First Policy.
In conclusion, President Solih and Dr Jaishankar reaffirmed their continued commitment to strengthening Maldives-India cooperation in the coming years. The Maldives and India established diplomatic relations on November 1, 1965.
Source(s): President Office
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According to local media reports, the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) recently said plans were underway to promote Sri Lanka as a safe wedding destination amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Source: Xinhua News
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