President meets with the first PhD graduates from the Maldives National University

President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has met with the first PhD graduates from the Maldives National University (MNU), Dr. Suneena Rasheed and Dr. Aishath Ali, this morning at the President’s Office.

Both Dr. Suneena Rasheed and Dr. Aishath Ali pursued their Doctor of Philosophy degrees in the area of education. Dr. Suneena Rasheed completed her PhD studies on a Presidential Scholarship.

During today’s meeting, the President expressed his appreciation for the continued invaluable services by Dr. Suneena Rasheed and Dr. Aishath Ali, and requested them to always uphold the Islamic values and to put the nation forward. The President also advised them never to let foreigners to intervene in our domestic affairs President Yameen further wished a prosperous future to Dr. Suneena Rasheed and Dr. Aishath Ali.

The first PhD graduates from the Maldives National University (MNU), Dr. Suneena Rasheed and Dr. Aishath Ali expressed their gratitude to the President.

At the meeting, Chancellor of the Maldives National University Dr. Mohamed Latheef assured the President of the numerous measures taken to ensure the quality of the PhD program conducted in MNU.

Maldives and the Republic of Congo establish diplomatic relations

April 20, 2018

The Republic of Maldives and the Republic of Congo have formally established diplomatic relations today.

The Joint Communiqué formalizing diplomatic relations between the two countries was signed on behalf of the Government of Maldives by His Excellency Dr. Ali Naseer Mohamed, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Maldives to the United Nations and on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Congo by His Excellency Raymond Serge Balé, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Congo to the United Nations. The joint communiqué was signed at the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Maldives to the United Nations.

The Republic of Congo is the 168th country to establish diplomatic relations with the Maldives.

The establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries marks a historic opening for cooperation connecting the peoples of the two countries in all areas of mutual interest.

The Republic of Congo is a country in Central Africa, bordering the South Atlantic Ocean with a population of approximately 4.95 million.

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The Government of Maldives is committed to working with all stakeholders to ensure free and fair elections

April 19, 2018

The Government, however, sadly notes that while the Government had presented the progress of the implementation process since 2014this was largely disregarded in the report.

As conveyed to the EFM team in January, the Government is working with the relevant stakeholders, to incorporate the recommendations made by the European Union Elections Observation Mission of 2014. As such, a Draft Bill consisting of the changes being brought to the electoral framework has been formulated, in accordance with the Constitution of the Republic of Maldives.

This Draft Bill will aim to establish clear demarcations of functions between the Elections Commission, Anti-corruption Commission, Prosecutor General’s Office and the Maldives Police Service, as well as incorporate the 16-pointer guideline issued by the Supreme Court of Maldives in 2013, pertaining to voter registration. The Draft Bill also addresses election offences and proposes to penalize additional offences related to elections. Additionally, the Bill sets forth specific timelines for registration and re-registration of voters, and for the Elections Commission to publicize the voters list. It will further propose guidelines to ensure that the campaign finances are accounted for and are in the interest of allowing a fair campaign ground for all candidates and establish guidelines to be followed by media in allocating campaign time slots.

The religion of the State of the Maldives is Islam and Islam shall be the basis of all the laws of the Maldives. Therefore, as reiterated on a number of occasions, the Government of Maldives will not entertain any recommendation calling for the review or the revision of Article 9 and Article 73 of the Constitution of the Republic of Maldives.

Furthermore, the Government notes with concern that the report contains misconstrued facts with regard to the 1st February Order of the Supreme Court and that the report has failed to take into consideration the events that followed.

The Elections Commission, on 22nd February 2018, has begun the preparations for the Presidential Elections to be held this year. The Government encourages all relevant stakeholders to offer the Elections Commission their full, unreserved support for the conduct of their work. The Government would also like to reiterate its call of 22nd February 2018, publicly inviting all international stakeholders to observe the electoral process.

Police work is an esteemed and honourable duty – President Yameen

April 18,2018

President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has stated that services provided by Police is an esteemed and honourable duty. The President made this remark while speaking at the official function held to mark the 85th Anniversary of the Maldives Police Service.

Expressing his appreciation to the Maldives Police Service, the President highlighted the remarkable services provided in protecting and safeguarding the public. However, the President noted that policing was a thankless job, and that as police officers, their duty was a service to the people.

Speaking at the function held at Dharubaaruge, President Yameen reflected on how the Maldives Police Service was formed as an independent entity on 1st September 2004, separating the Service from the National Defence Force. He noted that the decision was made as a result of several challenges faced by the government at the time. In this regard, the President rhetorically commented on the similarities between then and now.

The President also noted on the importance of being aware that an unlawful job done by a few police officers leads to spoiling the good name of the whole institution. In addition, the President underscored that the Police Service should never come under any political influence, and advised all police officers to carry out their duties with dignity, confidence and steadfastness.

During this ceremony, President Yameen presented the Awards of Recognition for outstanding achievements by Police Officers, and for serving the institution for more than 25 years.

Minister Asim calls on Foreign Minister of Bosnia and Herzegovina, H.E. Mr. Igor Crnadak

April 17,2018

His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Asim, Minister of Foreign Affairs, who is currently visiting Bosnia and Herzegovina on an official visit, called on His Excellency Igor Crnadak, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina, in Sarajevo this morning.

At the meeting, both ministers discussed a wide range of issues including strengthening people to people contact, enhancing tourism cooperation with Bosnia and Herzegovina, formalizing the cooperation between the two Foreign Ministries through an MoU and appointing honorary consuls, with a view to further enhancing the ties of friendship and understanding that exist between the two countries. The Ministers also discussed important multilateral issues of mutual concern and agreed to cooperate more closely in the international fora, especially at the United Nations.

The Maldives and Bosnia and Herzegovina has a long history of close relations and 27 January 2018 marked the 21st Anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

ENDS.