Male', Maldives - In an official statement released yesterday, President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, leader of the opposition Progressive Party of the Maldives (PPM), extended his heartiest congratulations to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey on his recent run-off election victory.
President Yameen lauded Erdogan's leadership, acknowledging the commendable economic growth Turkey has experienced under Erdogan's stewardship, along with its enhanced international standing.
The former Maldivian president also expressed his hope and confidence in nurturing a stronger bilateral relationship between the Maldives and Turkey. President Yameen, a central figure in Maldivian politics, is known for his pursuit of closer ties with international allies. His congratulatory note to the Turkish president reaffirms this global perspective.
The Progressive Congress Coalition, an alliance led by the PPM, joined President Yameen in extending their warm wishes to President Erdogan, his party - the Justice and Development Party, and the people of Turkey. The coalition's statement affirmed their commitment to a new era of bilateral ties between the Maldives and Turkey, indicating an earnest desire to strengthen diplomatic relations and collaborate on shared goals.
The Turkish Presidential run-off victory marks a significant event for Erdogan, who has held the office since 2014. The congratulatory note from President Yameen and the Progressive Congress Coalition underlines the international recognition of Erdogan's leadership and its implications for Turkey's geopolitical role.