22 May 2017, Male’;

The Government of the Maldives will host the Third Maldives-EU Policy Dialogue tomorrow. The Maldives-EU Policy Dialogue is an initiative taken by the Government of Maldives in 2015 to strengthen the existing ties of friendship and cooperation between the Maldives and the European Union.

This year, nine Ambassadors and Heads of Missions from EU member countries will participate in the Dialogue. The EU Delegation will be led by H.E. Mr. Tung-Lai Margue, Ambassador of the European Union to the Maldives. The Maldives Delegation will be led by H.E. Dr. Mohamed Asim, Minister of Foreign Affairs.

This year’s Dialogue will cover the following thematic areas; human rights, democracy consolidation and strengthening of the justice sector, combating terrorism, radicalisation, safety of foreign tourists, climate change, fisheries and social sector development.


20 May 2017, 

President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has this evening, arrived in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on an official visit, on the invitation of the Custodian of the two Holy Mosques His Majesty King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, to participate in the “Arab Islamic American Summit”, scheduled to be held in Riyadh on 21st May 2017.

Source: President’s Office

05 May 2017

Seven Heads of State and Government of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), via live video conference simulcast, today commemorated the launch of The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)’s GSat-9 communications satellite.

The Prime Minister of India H.E Narendra Modi, President of Afghanistan H.E Ashraf Ghani, Prime Minister of Bangladesh H.E Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bhutan H.E Tshering Tobgay, Prime Minister of Nepal H.E Pushpa Kamal Dahal and the President of Sri Lanka H.E Maithripala Sirisena, along with H.E President Yameen Abdul Gayoom participated in the live video conference simulcast.

During the live simulcast President Yameen extended his gratitude to Prime Minister Modi and the people of India, for the very special gift to the South Asian Region, complimenting the Prime Minister’s, and India’s, visionary “Neighbourhood First Policy”.

President Yameen expressed his firm belief that the Satellite would serve to improve the lives of the people of South Asia, extending benefits in the areas of telecommunication, telemedicine, tele-education, mapping of natural resources and disaster management support.

The President further underscored the Maldives’ commitment towards the betterment and prosperity of the region expressing the Maldives’ determination to work with all our South Asian neighbours towards the greater good of all.

“It is my sincere hope that we be able to put aside our differences, and work together as an organization that can fulfil our hopes and aspirations,” the President said.

The GSat-9 satellite dubbed the “South Asia Satellite” is India’s gift to neighbours and will have a footprint across South Asia enabling a vast range of services in telecommunications and broadcasting.

Source:President’s Office