The Maldives and Seychelles have signed four important agreements aimed at further enhancing cooperation in areas of tourism, air transportation, and youth development.

On of the agreements signed on Monday was a short-stay visa waiver agreement. It aims to ease travel restrictions for citizens of both countries, enabling visa-free travel for up to 30 days. It is expected to strengthen the socio-economic relationship between the two nations, fostering increased tourism and closer people-to-people exchanges.

Another significant agreement exchanged was related to air services between the two countries. The agreement seeks to facilitate international air travel, promote economic growth, and ensure the safe and efficient operation of air services.

A protocol on cooperation to combat transnational organised crime and address maritime security and safety threats was also exchanged during the ceremony. This protocol aims to strengthen cooperation in combating transnational organised crime, search and rescue operations, and addressing maritime security threats such as piracy.

In addition to these agreements, an important memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed to promote youth development cooperation between the two countries. The MoU aims to facilitate knowledge sharing, resource exchange, capacity building, and youth exchange programs. This MoU reflects the commitment of both nations to empower their youth and foster long-term collaboration in various areas.

The exchange of these agreements, presided over by President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and President Ramkalawan, signifies the shared commitment of the Maldives and Seychelles to strengthen bilateral ties, promote sustainable development, and address common challenges.