January 06, 2018

Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E Dr. Mohamed Asim, held bilateral talks with his Japanese counterpart H.E. Mr. Taro Kono, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, today.

During the meeting held at the Ministry of Foreign Affair, Minister Asim and Minister Kono reviewed the program of cooperation between the two countries and agreed to work together to further strengthen and enhance the cordial relations between the two countries. In this regard, the two Ministers decided to convene an annual “Policy Dialogue” between the two countries aimed at transforming the relationship to a more mutually beneficial strategic partnership. The Policy Dialogue will cover political, economic and technical cooperation as well as regional and international issues of mutual interest.

Japan is one of the biggest bilateral development partners of the Maldives. Minister Asim used the occasion to thank the Government and the people of Japan for their invaluable support and cooperation extended towards the socio-economic development of the Maldives. Minister Asim praised the efficiency and effectiveness of the Japanese Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) programme to the Maldives and said that every Yen that the Japanese people donated to the Maldives has reached its intended targets with the intended results. Minister Asim also underscored the usefulness and importance of such targeted and result-oriented ODA programmes for the socio-economic development of small developing countries like the Maldives.

In addition, both Ministers also discussed regional and global issues of mutual interest, including climate change, terrorism and the situation in the Korean Peninsula.

Minister Kono is visiting the Maldives as the two countries are celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations.

This is the first official visit undertaken by a Japanese Foreign Minister to the Maldives.

 January 05,2018

In a media article carried by Business World titled “India Needs To Align With The New Reality In The Indian Ocean”; Ambassador Ahmed Mohammed explained the incident pertaining to the suspension of three local councilors for meeting Indian Ambassador to Maldives, Akhilesh Mishra. He also analysed the economic merit of the FTA with China, and its criticality in the present economic situation in Maldives.   Read Full Article: http://www.businessworld.in/article/India-Needs-To-Align-With-The-New-Reality-In-The-Indian-Ocean/04-01-2018-136393/

January 03, 2018

President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has declared 6th of March as the National Patriotism day from this year onwards.

Tharika, a national campaign outlined in the 2017 Presidential Address aimed at promoting unity and culture along with boosting religious faith and national spirit, was inaugurated on 6th March 2017. It is an important national camping to instil patriotism within the society.

Ministry of Home Affairs and Tharika Committee will carry out all administrative responsibilities of marking the day at national level, in association with all the Government offices and institutions.

Source: President’s Office 

January 02, 2018

On behalf of the Government and the people of the Maldives, and on his own behalf, President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has conveyed felicitations of the New Year to foreign Heads of State and Government.

In separate messages, the President expressed wishes for good health, success and happiness and further progress and prosperity to the people of each country.

The President further conveyed New Year felicitations to the heads of multilateral organizations, including the various bodies of United Nations, SAARC, World Trade Organization, International Monetary Fund and the Asian Development Bank.

A number of foreign Heads of State and Government have also extended greetings of the New Year to President Yameen and the people of the Maldives.

Source: President’s Office