November 6, 2017: Two representatives from The Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), Mr. Sanjay Dave, Chairman and Ms Anju Bist, Deputy Director from CII – Jubilant Bhartia Food and Agriculture Centre of Excellence (FACE) met with His Excellency, Mr. Ahmed Mohamed, the Maldives Ambassador to India, to discuss and seek assistance from the Embassy in India to invite key stakeholders from Maldives for the upcoming 12th CII Food Safety, Quality And Regulatory Summit to be held from 4-5 December, 2017 at The Lalit Hotel, New Delhi.

His Excellency, Mr. Ahmed Mohamed, extended his full support and said: “The summit will be an excellent opportunity for the Maldives to gain more insight on global best practices in food safety, quality and regulatory regimes. This will help us in not only the country’s own fishery exports but also in the import of food essentials to the country.”  His Excellency assured the representatives that he would pass on information of the Summit to the relevant stakeholders in Maldives.

The 12th Annual Food Safety and Quality And Regulatory Summit 2017, is the only one of its kind, International summit in India. The summit aims at bringing the entire ecosystem of the Food Safety and Food Processing industry on one global platform to discuss the best practices in food quality and safety systems with Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI)

The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) works to create and sustain an environment conducive to the development of India, partnering industry, Government, and civil society, through advisory and consultative process.

The new Ambassador of Romania to the Maldives, His Excellency Mr. Radu Octavian Dobre has presented his credentials to President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom‎, this morning, at the President’s Office.‎

At the ceremony, the President conveyed greetings and good wishes to the President, His Excellency Klaus Iohannis and Prime Minister, His Excellency Mihai Tudose of Romania, and congratulated Ambassador Dobre on his appointment. The President highlighted the Ambassador’s accreditation today, as a stepping stone to further consolidate the existing ties of friendship and mutual understanding between Maldives and Romania. In this regard, the President stated that it is a pleasure to meet with the new Ambassador of Romania, and to work with resolute commitment for the development of a more constructive relationship with Maldives and Romania. The President also expressed interest working together in exploring new areas of cooperation and towards achieving mutual benefits.

During the call, the President and the Ambassador discussed the ambitious economic transformation agenda pursued by the Government, and invited Romanian businesses to seek available investment opportunities in the Maldives. The other areas of discussion included cooperation at the United Nations and in the tourism sector.

The Ambassador pledged full support from Romania in further enhancing the ties of cooperation with Maldives, in the areas discussed and committed to and expressed hope that the existing relations will grow from strength to strength in the years to come.


The new Ambassador of Nepal to the Maldives, His Excellency Professor Bishwambher Pyakuryal presented his credentials to President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom‎, this morning, at the President’s Office.‎

At the ceremony, President Yameen conveyed greetings and good wishes to the President, Her Excellency Bidhya Devi Bhandari and Prime Minister, His Excellency Sher Bahadur Deuba of Nepal, and congratulated Ambassador Bishwambher Pyakuryal on the commencement of his term.

During the call, the President highlighted the great importance Maldives attaches to its relations with Nepal, and thanked the Government of Nepal for the continued assistance in the development of human resources in the Maldives, particularly in the field of medical education. In this regard, the President requested for the possibility of increasing the number of seats offered to the Maldivian students pursuing medical education in Nepalese Universities.

The President also expressed hope and confidence in further enhancing the level of cooperation between the two countries, through the collaboration in both international and regional fora, as well as through exploring different avenues of cooperation, during the Ambassador’s tenure.

Diplomatic Relations between Maldives and Nepal was established on 1st August 1980.

The President was accompanied at the ceremony by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, HE. Dr. Mohamed Asim and the Minister of State for Foreign Relations at the President’s Office, HE. Mohamed Naseer.

In response to a query from a journalist about America’s concern on the increasing influence of China and growing radicalism in the Maldives, Maldives Ambassador to India Ahmed Mohamed told The Hindu in Delhi  ” allegations that the Yameen government was undemocratic were “sensational” and represented a “western double standard”. “We have said other countries must not be prescriptive or interfere in our affairs,”

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His Excellency, Mr. Ahmed Mohamed, the Maldives Ambassador to India, met with leaders from the travel and holidays fraternity at the embassy. They had a preliminary brainstorming session to explore new and innovative opportunities to increase tourism inflow to the Maldives from India. Also discussed were possibilities of having direct flights from North Indian cities to Maldives.



President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom inaugurated the “Dhaalu Airport” in Kudahuvadhoo Island.

The Dhaalu Airport was developed with a runway of 1800 meters. A land area of 62 hectares was reclaimed for the airport development project.