Signing of Exchange of Notes between the Government of the Republic of Maldives and the Government of Japan

30 March 2017, Male’;

The Government of the Republic of Maldives and the Government of Japan, with a view to further developing friendly and cooperative relations between the two countries, signed an exchange of notes today at a ceremony held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Asim, Minister of Foreign Affairs and His Excellency Mr. Kazumi Endo, Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Maldives, signed the Exchange of Notes on behalf of the two respective countries.

Under the terms of the Exchange of Notes   the Government   of Japan   shall extend   to   the   Government of Maldives, a grant of two hundred and fifty million Japanese Yen (¥ 250,000,000) for further promoting the economic and social development of the Maldives. This grant will be utilized to procure related equipment and materials for Counter-Terrorism and public Security of the Maldives. The equipment provided under this grant scheme will be selected by the Government of Maldives in consultation with the line agencies concerned.

The signing ceremony was witnessed by senior officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the officials of the Embassy of Japan to the Maldives.

Ambassador of Palestine calls on Foreign Minister

30 March 2017, Male’;

The Ambassador of Palestine to the Republic of Maldives, His Excellency Dato’ Dr. Anwar Al Agha, paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Asim.

At the meeting held at the Foreign Ministry this morning, Minister Asim and Ambassador Al Agha exchanged ideas in enhancing cooperation between both countries and reflected on ways for strengthening the existing ties. Minister Asim also reiterated that the people and the Government of Maldives will continue to standby the people of Palestine and support the Palestine cause.

Foreign Minister Asim was accompanied by His Excellency Ms. Fathimath Inaya, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Mr. Abdul Waris Saeed, Director at the Ministry.

‘Influenza situation in the Maldives is rapidly improving: Health Protection Agency

29 March 2017, Male’;

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) of the Maldives has stated that the ‘influenza situation in Male’ and across the country is seeing a tremendous improvement’.

During the initial stages of the outbreak, preventive measures were taken to control the spread of the flu, including advising children and those infected to limit from gathering in public spaces and promoting general hygiene practices. The HPA has noted the rapid improvement in the influenza situation is the result of the cooperation received from the genera public, government agencies, and private sector organisations in implementing the preventive and control measures.

The HPA said in its statement that it would continue to provide vaccines for the different categories of people that have been identified as the most-vulnerable to the influenza.

Foreign Minister Dr Mohamed Asim concludes successful visit to Geneva

28 March 2017, Geneva 

HE Dr Mohamed Asim, Minister of Foreign Affairs, concluded a successful two-day visit to Geneva, Switzerland, where he delivered a statement at the High-Level segment of the 34th Session of the UN Human Rights Council on 27 February 2017.

The Minister expressed our continued support for the work of the LDC and SIDS at the reception co-hosted by the Maldives and Australia to welcome the delegates attending the 34th Session of the Council funded by the Voluntary Trust Fund to support the LDC and SIDS attending the Council.

Minister Asim reiterated our continued cooperation with Ministers from Denmark, United Kingdom, and Australia at the bilateral meetings held on the side-lines of the 34th Session of the Human Rights Council.

In confirming Government’s deep engagement with the United Nations, Minister Asim met with HE Zeid al-Ra’ad Hussain, UN High Commissioner on Human Rights, and reaffirmed the full cooperation of the Government for constructive engagement with the Office of the High Commissioner and international partners in democracy consolidation in the country.

Foreign Minister Dr. Mohamed Asim led the delegation of the Maldives to the High-Level Segment of the 34th Session of UN Human Rights Council, accompanied by Ms Shahiya Ali Manik, Director at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Ambassador of Mongolia calls on Foreign Minister

28 March 2017, Male;

The newly appointed Ambassador of Mongolia to Maldives, His Excellency Gonching Ganbold, paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Asim today.

At the meeting held this morning, Minister Asim congratulated Ambassador Ganbold on presenting his credentials to the President and expressed confidence that Ambassador would reinforce further the bilateral ties and cooperation between Maldives and Mongolia. Discussing further on the bilateral relation, Minister Asim and Ambassador Ganbold exchanged ideas in enhancing cooperation between both the countries and reflected on ways for strengthening the existing ties.

The Ambassador assured his commitment to work with the Government of Maldives in strengthening the relation and assured to extend cooperation for the development of Maldives.

Foreign Minister Asim was accompanied by Mr. Ibrahim Shaheeb, Additional Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Mr. Ahmed Suzil, Assistant Director at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.