Discussions at the meeting that followed, were focused on the long existing bilateral relations between the Maldives and Sri Lanka, and ways to further strengthen the good relations. President Yameen noted the geographical proximity of the two countries, and pointed out that ensuring the stability and safety of each country was vital for the overall safety of the South Asian region. At the ceremony held this morning at the President’s Office, President Yameen congratulated the Sri Lankan High Commissioner on the commencement of his term and welcomed him to the Maldives. The High Commissioner said that it was an honour and privilege to serve as the High Commissioner to the Maldives. The new Sri Lankan High Commissioner, Major General (Retd) B R W M R A B Thoradeniya has assured Sri Lanka’s continued support, and cooperation, to the Maldives.The newly appointed High Commissioner made this remark at a meeting held following the presentation of his credentials to President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom.