The Government of Maldives has announced that it will restore diplomatic ties with the Islamic Republic of Iran, following a joint trilateral statement by Saudi Arabia, Iran, and China. The statement announced an agreement between Saudi Arabia and Iran to resume diplomatic relations and reopen their embassies and missions, while also affirming the respect for the sovereignty of states and non-interference in internal affairs.
Maldives had cut off diplomatic relations with Iran in 2016, shortly after Saudi Arabia severed ties with Iran. However, with this new development, the government has welcomed the positive steps taken by Saudi Arabia and Iran towards restoring diplomatic ties.
In a statement issued by the foreign ministry of Maldives, the government expressed its support for the trilateral agreement and the resumption of diplomatic relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran. The statement also affirmed the government's commitment to upholding the principles of sovereignty and non-interference in internal affairs.
The restoration of diplomatic relations between Maldives and Iran is expected to have a positive impact on the economic and cultural ties between the two countries. It is also likely to open up new avenues for cooperation in areas such as tourism, trade, and investment.