Maldives Condemns Violence in Gaza at OIC Summit

May 19, 2018

The Maldives delivered a strong rebuke to Israel condemning the violence that had taken place in the days prior against Palestinian peaceful protesters in Gaza. Speaking at the 7th Extraordinary Summit Conference of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) which is being convened in Istanbul, Turkey, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Maldives His Excellency Dr Mohamed Asim stated that Israel’s disproportionate use of force against civilians has gone unimpeded too frequently, and that such actions undermine the United Nations and directly negates the global efforts to achieve lasting peace in the region.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs also strongly objected to the United States decision to move its Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and urged Member States of the OIC to actively engage with countries that are considering moving their diplomatic missions to Jerusalem, with a view to dissuade them from doing so. The Minister also underlined the Maldives’ long standing position that it unequivocally supports the establishment of an independent and sovereign State of Palestine, with East Jerusalem as its capital, on the Palestinian lands with pre-1967 borders, living side by side with Israel.

The 7th Extraordinary Summit Conference is being convened on the invitation of the President of the Republic of Turkey, Chair of the 13th Summit Conference of the OIC in response to the grave developments in the State of Palestine, as a result of the ongoing Israeli brutal aggression against the Palestinian people and the inauguration of the US Embassy in Al-Quds Al-Sharif.

Earlier today, the Maldives co-sponsored a resolution that was tabled in the Special Session of the Human Rights Council to establish a Commission of Inquiry to look into the violence in Gaza. A large number of heads of state and government, including Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, King Abdullah II of Jordan and Kuwaiti Amir Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah participated the summit meeting.

The Summit condemned criminal actions of Israeli Forces against the Palestinian in the Occupied territory while calling on the International Community to uphold its legal obligations to defend the international law and order as they relate to Palestine.

The Summit further condemned inauguration of the United States Embassy in Al-quds and called upon all member states to openly condemn such action to pursue all available legal and diplomatic avenues to defend Palestinian rights from all hostile and illegal actions and to support decisions adopted recently by the Palestinian Leadership to advance the Palestinian rights.

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Maldives supports the Human Rights Council to establish an independent commission of inquiry to investigate human rights violations in the context of Israeli military assaults on Palestinian civilians

May 18, 2018

Maldives supports the Human Rights Council to establish an independent commission of inquiry to investigate human rights violations in the context of Israeli military assaults on Palestinian civilians. At the Special Session of the Human Rights Council today, the Maldives once again has raised its voice in the plight of the Palestinian people.

Speaking at the Special Session held on the deteriorating human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, H.E. Dr Hala Hameed, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Maldives to the United Nations Office in Geneva condemned in the strongest terms, the attacks by Israel on unarmed Palestinian civilians who were peacefully protesting to claim their sovereign right to return to their lands that Israel had occupied and denied them for decades.

Ambassador Hala further added that, the world witnessed a massacre on May 14th, we saw the loss of many innocent lives and injured many others near Gaza border due to the largely excessive use of force by the Israeli military. She further expressed sincere condolences on behalf of the Government and the people of the Maldives, to the brotherly Palestinian families who lost their loved ones at the superfluous, cruel and inhumane acts committed by the Israeli forces.

In the statement, the Maldives expressed support to the call on the Council to address this issue immediately, and  supported the call on this Council to establish an independent, international and transparent commission of inquiry to investigate the violations of international humanitarian law and the international human rights law in the Occupied Palestinian Territory including East Jerusalem and the occupied Gaza Strip in the context of military assaults on civilians as of March 30th 2018. The Maldives cosponsored the resolution that was adopted today at the Council to this effect.

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Fitch Ratings Affirms Maldives at ‘B+’; Outlook Stable

May 16, 2018

Global financial information services leader Fitch Ratings has given Maldives  a B+ rating with Outlook stable. This clearly shows that the events of the past few months have had no negative impact on the Maldivian economy, as many predicted. The report states “The ‘B+’ rating balances the Maldives’ strong GDP growth, high government revenue generated by a prosperous tourism sector and favourable structural indicators, such as per capita GDP, against a high government debt burden and low foreign-reserve buffers.”

The report further states “Economic growth in the Maldives is strong, as illustrated by a five-year average real GDP growth of 6.0% compared with the median of 3.4% for peers in the ‘B’ rating category.”

While mentioning that tourism would have been impacted by the travel advisories issued by some countries the report qualifies “Available data on foreign arrivals and tourism-related government revenue do not yet indicate any negative effect on tourism earnings. There is a significant distance between the luxury resorts and the capital island Male, where most of the political agitation normally takes place and which many tourists never visit”

Link to the report: https://www.fitchratings.com/site/pr/10030799

Ambassador H.E. Ahmed Mohamed called on Ambassador of Lebanon, H.E. Rabie Narsh

May 15, 2018

His Excellency, Ambassador Ahmed Mohamed met with his counterpart from Lebanon, Ambassador Rabie Narshin in New Delhi today.

During the meeting held at the Embassy of Lebanon , both the Ambassadors discussed issues of bilateral cooperation and on important global issues of mutual interest.

Honorary Consul of Maldives in Kathmandu Calls on Foreign Minister

May 14, 2018

Mr. Nirvana Chaudhary, Honorary Consul of Maldives in Kathmandu, paid farewell call on His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Asim, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Maldives, today.

During the meeting held at the Ministry this morning, Minister Asim expressed his gratitude for the services extended to the Government and the people of Maldives by the Honorary Consul and wished him success in future endeavours. In particular, Minister Asim also expressed appreciation for the kind assistance extended by Mr. Chaudhary to the Maldivians in Nepal during the devastating earthquake of 25 April 2015.

Mr. Chaudhary noted his pleasure having served the Government and people of Maldives contributing to the strengthening of relations between the Maldives and Nepal.

Following the meeting, a special ceremony was held at the Ministry this morning, to present a token of appreciation to Mr. Nirvana Chaudhary, for his kind assistance rendered to the Maldivians during his tenure, in particular during the Earthquake in 2015 and the crash of US-Bangla flight recently in Nepal.

The meeting was attended by His Excellency Ahmed Sareer, Foreign Secretary, His Excellency Ahmed Khaleel, Secretary, Bilateral and Ms. Aminath Shabeena, Director, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.