The Government of Maldives engages in high-level diplomatic consultations with the European Union

June 30, 2018

The Ministerial delegation, comprised of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Asim, Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture, His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Shainee and Minister of Legal Affairs at the President’s Office, Her Excellency Uza. Aishath Azima Shakoor, has returned to the Maldives after engaging in high-level diplomatic consultations with the European Union.

During the two-day official visit to Brussels, the Government delegation held meetings with the European External Action Services (EEAS), members of the European Parliament and other EU institutions.

The consultations provided a platform to discuss the recent political developments in the Maldives, the upcoming Presidential Elections and to focus on strengthening the existing cooperation with EU in areas including climate change, fisheries and Indian Ocean security.

Foreign Minister Dr. Mohamed Asim also met with the Secretary General and Vice Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation of Belgium, His Excellency Dirk Achten. During the meeting, discussions were held on strengthening cooperation between the Maldives and Belgium in the areas of mutual interest, including tourism cooperation as well as countering terrorism and violent extremism.

Ambassador of Maldives to the European Union and Belgium His Excellency Mr. Ahmed Shiaan also participated in the meetings.

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Statement by the Government of Maldives in response to the statement issued by the Government of Australia on Maldives

June 27, 2018

The Government of the Maldives takes note of the statement issued by the Government of Australia on 26 June 2018.

As conveyed by the senior Government officials to the Australian Ambassador during his visit to the Maldives from 20-21 June, the Government of Maldives would like to take this opportunity to reiterate its unwavering commitment to work with the Elections Commission of the Maldives and all other relevant authorities of the State to ensure a free, fair and inclusive election in which all eligible candidates are granted an equal opportunity to contest.

It is vital that all political actors conduct their activities responsibly in accordance with the Constitution and all relevant rules and regulations of the country.  In this regard, the Government notes its deep concern on the actions by some political actors which are in clear violation of the Constitution and the laws of the country and highlights that such actions undermine the democratic values and the rule of law. The Government assures its full commitment to protect and promote fundamental freedoms and ensure that the rule of law is implemented to the letter and spirit of the Constitution without any exceptions.

Since the introduction of the multi-party system in 2008, all elections held, including the parliamentary elections in 2014 and local government elections in 2014 and 2017 as well as several bi-elections, held during the term of the incumbent government, were declared by the international and local observers as free, fair and credible. Therefore, the Government is confident that there is no room for the presidential elections scheduled for September this year to be an exception.

The Government of Maldives would also like to take this opportunity to express its gratitude to the Government of Australia for the support extended for the socio-economic development of the country, in particular in the area of human resources development, over the years.

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The Government of Maldives to engage in high-level diplomatic consultations with the European Union

June 25, 2018

The Government of Maldives will engage in high-level diplomatic consultations with the European Union from 27 to 28 June 2018 in Brussels, Belgium. The high-level ministerial delegation participating in the discussions include the Minister of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Asim, Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture, His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Shainee and Minister of Legal Affairs at the President’s Office, Her Excellency Uza. Aishath Azima Shakoor. In addition, Ambassador of Maldives to the European Union, His Excellency Mr. Ahmed Shiaan will also form part of the high-level delegation.

During the visit, the delegation will hold discussions with the European External Action Services (EEAS), European Parliament and other institutions of the European Union, to further strengthen the existing relations between the European Union and the Maldives, including in areas such as climate change, fisheries, Schengen visa facilitation, electoral and governance reform, countering terrorism and violent extremism and trade.

Since 2015, the Maldives and the European Union have been holding annual high-level consultations in the Maldives within the context of the Maldives-EU Policy Dialogue. The high-level diplomatic consultations to be held in Brussels will provide yet another opportunity for a higher level of engagement between the EU and the Maldives as envisaged in the discussions held during the visit of the European External Action Services (EEAS) delegation to the Maldives in January 2018.

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Maldives Embassy Participated In The International Yoga Day Event Organised by MEA, India

June 21, 2018

New Delhi: To commemorate the fourth anniversary of International Yoga Day, the Maldives Embassy in India, participated in the International Yoga Day event organized by the Ministry Of External Affairs in India.

The Maldives Embassy was represented by Ms. Shazra Abdul Sattar, Deputy Chief Mission & Minister in India. The event saw the presence of important dignitaries from other countries.

It was the Honorable Prime Minister of India while addressing the United Nations General Assembly 2014 proposed June 21st  to be observed as International Yoga Day throughout the world. Recognizing its universal appeal, on December 11, 2014, the United Nations declared June 21 as International Day of Yoga.

Maldives’ Ambassador to Japan Ibrahim Uvais presents his Credentials to Japanese Emperor Akihito

June 19, 2018

The new Ambassador of the Republic of Maldives, His Excellency Ibrahim Uvais, has presented his Letter of Credence to the Emperor of Japan, His Majesty Akihito. At a grand ceremony held this morning at the Tokyo Imperial Palace, Ambassador Uvais presented his Letter of Credence and Letter of Recall of his predecessor to His Majesty the Emperor.

Ambassador Ibrahim Uvais was accompanied at the ceremony by Mr. Adam Hamid, First Secretary and Mr. Mohamed Thahseen, Second Secretary at the Maldives’ Embassy in Japan.

The Maldives and Japan established formal diplomatic relations on 14 November 1967. Maldives opened a resident Embassy in Japan on 10 May 2007. The first Maldivian Ambassador to Japan, His Excellency Abdul Hameed Zakariyya presented his credentials on 11 March 2008. He was succeeded by His Excellency Ahmed Khaleel, who presented credentials on 16 February 2010 and His Excellency Mohamed Hussain Shareef, who presented credentials on 14 April 2017. Ambassador Uvais is the fourth Ambassador of the Republic of Maldives to Japan.

President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom was the first Maldivian Head of State and Government to undertake an Official Visit to Tokyo on the invitation of the Japanese Prime Minister Mr. Shinzo Abe. During the visit from 14 to 17 April 2014, President Yameen had met with Emperor Akihito, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and senior officials of the Japanese Government and the National Diet or Parliament.

The Embassy of Japan accredited to Maldives was opened in Male on 1 January 2016. Last year, marked the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries and it was commemorated with bilateral exchanges between the two countries including three meetings of the foreign ministers, the most recent of which was a visit to Tokyo by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dr. Mohamed Asim from June 13 to 15, 2018.

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