President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has today, by a Presidential Decree, established the “Greater Male’ Industrial Zone Ltd” – a State owned company.

Greater Male’ Industrial Zone Ltd was established to combine the Gulhifalhu Investment Ltd and Thilafushi Corporation Ltd. The newly established company will be mandated with the responsibilities previously held by both these companies.

Source: The President’s Office

March 18, 2018
On the evening of 18 March 2018, the Maldivian Student’s Association-Mysore, held its 7th Maldivian Student’s Graduation in Mysore extended an invitation to the Embassy requesting send a senior diplomat to attend as Chief Guest of the event.
On behalf of the Embassy, Ms. Shazra Abdul Sattar, Deputy Chief of Mission/Minister attended the event as Chief Guest.
DCM/Minister had handed over certificates to the graduates and addressed the gathering, congratulating the graduates and their families. She emphasized the importance for the graduates to serve the nation with loyalty for the development and the betterment of the nation. She also encouraged the students and families in Mysore, and in India to be in touch with and register at the Embassy, which would enable the Embassy to reach out and assist Maldivians in India during a crisis or a natural calamity.

March 18, 2018

When the Indian media wanted a comment from H.E. Ahmed Mohamed about the remark on Kashmir made at a news conference held in Male recently, his response was as quoted below.

“I gather that it was a remark to emphasize the stand that the Maldives has been taking continuously and consistently since 1970s.

We have always maintained the position that it is a bilateral issue that needs to be resolved amicably  between the two countries.

We have always maintained the position that there needs no intervention by a third country.

Hence, reiteration of our position and an example from the local context to state that the existing crisis in Maldives is an internal issue which need no foreign intervention.”

 March 16, 2018

The Government of the Maldives condemns the calls to harass and attack, and subsequent attacks on Police Officers on crowd control duty during the violent joint-opposition protests held in Male’ on 14 March and 15 March 2018.

Protestors gathered at Majeedhee Magu, the main road of Male’, blocking all transport on the night of 14 March 2018 and attacked a Policer Officer using crude oil. The Police had confiscated 105 packets containing chilli water from the protest. Subsequently, on the night of 15 March 2018, Police confiscated 76 packets of pepper water and 24 iron rods from the protest site. These substances were made to be used against the Police handling the crowd protesting on Majeedhee Magu. The Maldives Police Service has also made public that they have received information that a group of people are planning arson and tonight a car was set on fire near Islamic Centre in the vicinity of Police and Army headquarters.

As violent acts, inclusive of destruction to property, are not within the right to protest peacefully, granted under the Freedom of Peaceful Assembly Act, the Government calls upon all citizens to abide by the rules and regulations.

March 15, 2018

In response to a question asked in the Lok Sabha ( lower House of Indian parliament)  on whether Government has taken any new policy initiative after June, 2014  to ensure friendlier relations with our major neighbouring countries, the Hon. Minister of State in the Ministry of External Affairs Gen. (Dr) V. K. Singh (Retd.) stated that in accordance with the high priority accorded by the Government to relations with our neighbouring countries, several policy initiatives have been taken since June 2014 to ensure friendlier relations. These include initiatives for improving connectivity, addressing developmental challenges, building shared prosperity and security, and building greater trust and confidence.

With specific reference to the Maldives, the Hon Minister said that India’s relationship with Maldives is long-standing and time-tested, and based on support for stability, political pluralism and development.

As a close neighbour, India has continued its engagement with Maldives encouraging democratic institution building and rule of law in the country to meet the aspirations of its citizens. The relationship was strengthened during the period through exchange of high-level visits, defence and security cooperation, institution and capacity building, assistance in health and education sectors and cooperation across a wide spectrum of mutually beneficial areas.