Minister Asim, as the Special Envoy of the President, meets with Foreign Minister of Kuwait

March 29, 2018

Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Dr. Mohamed Asim, as the Special Envoy of His Excellency the President of the Republic of Maldives, met his counterpart, H.E. Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Kuwait, today.

During the meeting, Minister Asim conveyed greetings from His Excellency President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom to His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Emir of the State of Kuwait and reflected on the close brotherly relations between the Maldives and Kuwait.

Minister Asim expressed gratitude to the leadership and Government of Kuwait for their valuable contribution towards the socio-economic development of the Maldives and reiterated the importance of further strengthening the historical ties between the two countries. Minister Al-Sabah assured that Kuwait would extend its support in all areas of cooperation and will always remain, as a close development partner.

The meeting was attended by H.E. Mr. Ahmed Khaleel, Secretary Bilateral, H.E. Mr. Abdullah Hameed, Non-Resident Ambassador of the Republic of Maldives to the State of Kuwait and Mr. Abdul Waris Saeed, Director, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Minister Asim is on a two day official visit to the State of Kuwait from 28 – 30 March 2018.

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We may be small and vulnerable, but our aspirations for development are by no means small – Foreign Minister Asim

March 31, 2018

Speaking at the Opening Session of the Second Ambassadorial Workshop on “Developing Sustainably – Sharing Experiences, Seeking Solutions”, Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Mohamed Asim highlighted the efforts of the Maldives in balancing its economic development with environmental protection, through its key industries – tourism and fisheries.

Minister Asim noted that the objective of the Government is to develop its main industries – tourism and fisheries – without compromising its natural environment, and that the Workshop aims to share the Maldives’ experiences on eco-tourism, sustainable fisheries and also, its ongoing efforts in mitigation and adaptation to climate change.

Speaking about the vulnerability of the impacts of climate change on a small country like the Maldives, Minister highlighted that the Maldives has been a key player in shaping global discourse on climate change, the security of small states, and sustainable development of Small Island Developing States (SIDS). He further highlighted that, as Chair of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), the Maldives has tried to draw the attention and focus of the multilateral system to the developmental challenges faced by the SIDS. Previously, as a member of the UN Human Rights Council, for two consecutive terms, the Maldives has also contributed to establishing the link between climate change and human rights.

Speaking on the topic, the Minister further highlighted the importance of having all countries represented, and their voices heard, regardless of size or might, on every decision-making body of the United Nations. This, he highlighted, is one of the key reasons why the Maldives is campaigning for a seat on the UN Security Council for the term 2019-2020 – because the Maldives believes that the unique experiences of smaller nations matter in the key decision-making body of the United Nations.

The Maldives is hosting the Workshop from 30 March – 2 April 2018, which is attended by several Ambassadors who are representing their respective countries at the United Nations.

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“No Direct Communication From India On Crisis” – Maldives Ambassador Ahmed Mohamed to CNN-News18

March 28, 2018

In a candid conversation with CNN-News 18, Ambassador  H.E. Ahmed Mohamed touched upon crucial points with regard to India-Maldives relationship.

Read the full article: https://www.news18.com/news/world/india-did-not-respond-on-time-to-our-development-project-proposals-maldives-ambassador-1702067.html

Foreign Minister attends the Bangladesh Independence Day reception as the Chief Guest

March 26, 2018

The Minister of Foreign Affairs His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Asim attended the reception to celebrate the 47th Anniversary of Independence of Bangladesh as the Chief Guest.

Addressing the function, Minister Asim conveyed, on behalf of His Excellency President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, the Government and the People of Maldives warm greetings and sincere best wishes to His Excellency President Md. Abdul Hamid, and the friendly people of Bangladesh on this auspicious occasion.

Minister Asim highlighted that the diplomatic relations between the two countries is strong, vibrant and is anchored on mutual understanding, shared values and goodwill. On behalf of the Government Minister also congratulated the Government and people of Bangladesh on achieving the United Nations accepted threshold for graduation from the least developed country status and expressed well wishes as Bangladesh prepares to transition into the middle income developing category of nations.

Minister further reiterated the commitment of the Maldivian Government to working closely with Bangladesh, bilaterally, regionally as SAARC members and internationally, to further strengthen and enhance the bilateral ties between the two countries.

The Reception organized by Embassy of Bangladesh in Maldives was held at Ahmadhiyya International School.

“Consideration of the long term development objectives are crucial for sustaining peace, and ensuring a more prosperous future for all”, Minister Asim

Speaking on the Panel on the Role of Stakeholders in mobilising needed means for the implementation and followup of water-related SDGs, held during the High Level Meeting to launch the “international Decade for Action: Water for Sustainable Development 2018-2020”, Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Mohamed Asim highlighted that the next few years would show how draughts, lack of access of water, is increasingly causing conflict, and impacting peace across the world. He further highlighted the dramatic increase in water-related disasters, impacting Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in particular.

As part of the panel of experts, Minister Asim outlined the several policies the Government of Maldives had adopted to adapt to the scarcity of safe, quality, drinking water in the country. In this regard, he highlighted the “Supporting Vulnerable Communities in the Maldives to manage climate-change induced water shortages” project that is targeting 49 islands across 13 atolls. The project incorporates rainwater harvesting, groundwater, recharging and supplying of desalinated water to combat shortages.

Minister Asim also delivered remarks at the plenary of the High Level Meeting, delivering remarks on behalf of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS). In his statement, he highlighted the various challenges SIDS face in accessing quality water. This includes the realisation of the committed means of implementation, including the capacity for data collection and analysis. In SIDS, it also means tackling the impacts of climate change.

The Minister also participated in a High Level Luncheon hosted by the President of the General Assembly and the Under-Secretary General for Economic Social Affairs, and a dinner hosted by Tajikistan, Germany, Japan, and the Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

The High Level Meeting to launch the “International Decade for Action: Water for Sustainable Development 2018-2028” was hosted by the President of the General Assembly, on the occasion of the World Water Day, 22 March 2018.

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