Statement on Inter-Korean Summit meeting at Panmunjom

The Maldives has always supported all efforts to bring peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula through dialogue and diplomacy. We therefore welcome the Inter-Korean Summit held on 27 April 2018 and applaud the beginning of a new era of dialogue and understanding between the Republic of Korea and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

We are confident that the momentum of dialogue initiated by the two leaders will continue and the Korean people will soon be able to enjoy peace and prosperity in the entire Korean Peninsula.

ENDS

Delegation of UN Permanent Representatives pays courtesy call on the President

At a courtesy call held at the President’s Office this morning, President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has briefed the visiting delegation of the United Nations Permanent Representatives from various countries, on the current political situation, the Maldives’ development story, and the Administration’s policies for attaining sustainable development.

During the call, the President welcomed the delegation to the Maldives and emphasized the sustainable practices adopted by the Administration in planning and implementing its development agenda. In this regard, discussions were held in the areas of fisheries, tourism, energy and matters of mutual interest in international fora.

Continuing on, President Yameen noted that the Administration has doubled the value of per capita income over the last four years, noting the positive economic outlook of the country. He reiterated his commitment to comply with the people’s wishes and aspirations, and underscored that the Maldives has graduated from the category of Least Developed Countries, in 2011, to Middle Income Country status, having achieved 5 of the 8 Millennium Development Goals.

During this meeting, President Yameen shared with the Permanent Representatives the many factors including climate change, geography and culture shock that present continuous challenges to the progress and development of the Maldives.

The President also briefed the Permanent Representatives on the current political situation in the Maldives. He emphasized that despite the recent State of Emergency declared in the country due to unprecedented events, there was no enforcement of a curfew and that general movements, services and businesses were not affected.

The President further emphasized that despite size, geographical location or extent of development, all countries must share a common understanding to be mindful of differences unique to each country and exercise mutual respect towards each other.

Speaking at the meeting, the delegation of Permanent Representatives commended the remarkable strides the Maldives have achieved towards attaining sustainable development and in creating a resilient economy. The delegation also agreed with the President that as a Small Island Developing State, the Maldives faces a myriad of challenges. They pledged their support to the Maldives in both bilateral and multilateral issues of common concern.

President Yameen was accompanied at the meeting by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Dr. Mohamed Asim, Minister of State for Foreign Relations at the President’s Office, H.E. Mohamed Naseer, the Foreign Secretary H.E. Ahmed Sareer, and the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Maldives to the United Nations, H.E. Dr. Ali Naseer Mohamed.

ENDS

Source:President’s Office

Foreign Minister opens Third Ambassadorial Workshop in the Maldives

Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Dr. Mohamed Asim stated today that the Maldives demands equitable geographic distribution in the decision making bodies of the United Nations and holds firm to the principle that a lack of size or might should not pose as barriers to having our voices heard. He mentioned that it is on the basis of these convictions and an earnest desire to positively contribute towards the myriad issues confronting the global community, that the Maldives is submitting its candidature for a seat on the Security Council for the term 2019-2020.

In addressing the Opening Ceremony of the Third Ambassadorial Workshop, Minister Asim shared the experiences of the Maldives developmental journey, over the course of the last 53 years.

In this regard, he highlighted the manner Maldives has developed its tourism industry, in a sustainable and eco-friendly manner, incorporating the newest innovations in greener and eco-friendly practices, and how the Maldives has engaged in its fishing industry, whilst preserving the fish stocks and maintaining the ecosystems.

Minister Asim also described the leadership role Maldives displays at the international arena, as the Chair of the Alliance of Small Island Developing States (AOSIS). In this regard, he mentioned that the Maldives has been proactive on the world stage in bringing attention towards the security threats posed by climate change, with special regard to those faced by Small Island Developing States or SIDS.

The Maldives is hosting its Third Ambassadorial Workshop from 27 April – 30 April 2018, under the theme “Developing Sustainably – Sharing Experiences, Seeking Solutions”. Nine different countries are represented at the Workshop by their Ambassadors.

The Maldives asks the UN to take into account the consequences of climate change and other non-traditional threats, in peace building and sustaining peace

Speaking at the High Level Meeting on Peace Building and Sustaining Peace, hosted by the President of the General Assembly, Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Mohamed Asim highlighted the changing nature of threats that are leading to instability impacting the peace and endangering security. In particular Minister Asim highlighted the impacts of climate change, which are already impacting peace and security in some parts of the world.

Minister Asim also highlighted the importance of adopting holistic approaches to preventing conflict and sustaining peace. Thus, the link between development and peace is important. The Maldives believes, Minister Asim said, that peace and security, and development arms of the UN should work together in building capacities of the State, to enable countries to maintain order, to strengthen institutions, and to promote democratic norms.

The High Level Meeting on Peace Building and Sustaining Peace, hosted by the President of the General Assembly is being held in New York from 24-25 April.

ENDS

Minister Asim meets with the Foreign Minister of Turkey

Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Mohamed Asim has met today with the Foreign Minister of Turkey Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, in New York, on the sidelines of the High Level Meeting on Peace Building and Sustaining Peace, hosted by the President of the General Assembly. Both Ministers discussed issues of mutual interest to both countries, and in the Islamic world.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Mohamed Asim also met with several Permanent Representatives in New York today, to discuss issues of mutual interest, especially with regard to the United Nations Security Council. The Maldives is campaigning for support in its bid to become a member of the Council for the term 2019-2020.

Minister Asim is visiting New York to participate in the High Level Meeting on Peace building and Sustaining Peace hosted by the President of the General Assembly, as well as the Ministerial segment of the Economic and Social Commission’s Forum on Financing for Development.

END