January 31,2018

Minister of Foreign Affairs His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Asim, has returned to Male’ after concluding a successful visit to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to attend the Opening Ceremony of the Thirtieth Ordinary Session of the African Union Assembly of Heads of States, as a Special Guest.




The Opening Ceremony was held at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, on 28 January 2018. In addition to several Heads of States and Ministers of the member countries of the African Union, the Opening Ceremony was attended by H.E. Mahmoud Abbas, President of the State of Palestine, H.E. Antonio Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations, H.E. Ahmed Aboul-Gheit, Secretary General of the League of Arab States and representatives of Observer States of the African Union and various organizations.

During his visit, on the sidelines of the AU Summit, Minister Asim had bilateral consultations with the State Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, H.E. Dr. Aklilu Hailemichael and discussed ways to strengthen bilateral relations between Maldives and Ethiopia, especially in sharing experiences in environment protection and tourism promotion. In the meeting, Minister Asim thanked the Government of Ethiopia for the warm welcome and kind hospitality.

Minister Asim also had bilateral meetings with HE. Mohamed Taha Siala, the Foreign Minister of Libya, HE. Khemaies Jhinaoui, Foreign Minister of Tunisia and HE. Emmanuel Fabiano, the Foreign Minister of Malawi. In these meetings, Foreign Ministers discussed ways to strengthen future cooperation between Maldives and the respective countries, in areas of mutual interest and cooperation in multilateral fora, including at the United Nations. Minister Asim also had fruitful discussions with H.E. Amina Mohamed, the Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs of Kenya and H.E. Mahamat Zene Cherif, the Foreign Minister of Chad.
Ms. Fathimath Najwa, Joint Secretary and Dr. Ibrahim Zuhuree, Director at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, accompanied Minister Asim on the visit.



President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has this evening unveiled the FIFA World Cup Trophy in Maldives, as part of the trophy tour. Maldives is the second stop of this year’s tour.

Speaking at the ceremony held this evening at the National Football Stadium, the President highlighted that the highest number of athletes competed in international tournaments during the last four years, and that it was during the last four years that Maldives has won the highest number of medals in international competitions.

President Yameen reiterated his aim to facilitate all sportsmen across the country, and underscored the priority accorded by the administration to establish sporting facilities in all parts of the country. In this regard, the President noted that during the last four years, more sporting facilities, pitches and courts have been built in the country, surpassing the number built 50 years prior. He especially noted that this administration introduced remuneration contracts for all national team players, as part of the Government’s sports manifesto pledge.

In his speech, the President extended heartfelt appreciation on behalf of all Maldivians, to the management of FIFA, the World Cup organising committee, Football Association of Maldives, and Coca-Cola Company for the joyous occasion of the World Cup trophy’s visit to Maldives.

Source: President’s Office

January 22, 2018

His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Asim, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Maldives departs for New York City, the United States on an official visit.

While in New York City, Minister Asim will be holding a number of bilateral consultations with Permanent Representatives of Member States to the United Nations to discuss a range of issues.

He will also be seeking their support for the Maldives candidature for a non-permanent seat of the United Nations Security Council for the term 2019-2020.

Minister Asim will be in New York City until the 26th of January 2018 upon which he will travel to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to meet a number of African countries participating in the African Union Summit.

January 23, 2018

His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Asim, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Maldives paid a courtesy call on his counterpart, His Excellency Dr. Jubeir, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The meeting was held at the Headquarters of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Jeddah.

During the meeting, Minister Asim expressed Maldives support and solidarity to the Government and people of Saudi Arabia on a number of issues internationally. He thanked the Government of Saudi Arabia for their crucial role in contributing to the economic empowerment and development of the Maldives.

In his remarks, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia expressed his sincere appreciation to the Maldives for the support it continues to extend to the Kingdom. He reiterated the close and brotherly relations between the two countries, and the desire of the Government to maintain and strengthen the close engagements between both the countries.

His Excellency Mr. Abdulla Hameed, Ambassador of the Maldives to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Mr. Javed Faizal, Additional Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Maldives were also present at the meeting.

January 22, 2018

The Minister of Foreign Affairs His Excellency Dr Mohamed Asim addressed the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) at the Extraordinary Meeting held to discuss the situation in Yemen, and in particular the ballistic missiles fired by the Houthi militia towards Riyadh.

Minister Asim condemned the offensive actions of the Houthi militia in launching the ballistic missile attack against Saudi Arabia, and expressed Maldives solidarity with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Foreign Minister stated that the “blatant disregard exercised by the Houthis in undermining the security and sovereignty of a neighbouring State is a grave provocation, which would add no value to the on-going international efforts to reach a political settlement”.  He also stated that Maldives supports the actions of the UN Security Council, and the work of the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Yemen Mr. Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed in finding a solution to the conflict.

In concluding his statement, Minister Asim expressed the Maldives desire for peace, lasting stability and prosperity for Yemen, and it’s support for reaching a final and comprehensive agreement to end the conflict.