Foreign Minister, Dr. Asim returns to Maldives after a successful official visit to Japan

June 18, 2018

Minister of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Asim has arrived in Male’, after concluding a three-day official visit to Japan.

During the visit Minister Asim met with his counterpart Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan, H.E. Mr. Taro Kono. Both ministers signed a JPY 300 million grant assistance agreement, under the Japanese Economic and Social Development Cooperation Programme, which would support the health sector of Maldives. The foreign ministers also held bilateral talks to discuss avenues of further cooperation to enhance and advance the Maldives-Japan relationship in a wide range of fields including environment, climate change, disaster prevention, tourism and health care. The importance of the maritime security under the Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy was also among the issues discussed during the meeting.

The foreign ministers welcomed the momentum of the recent bilateral exchanges taking place between the two countries including the launch of the First Round of Japan-Maldives Policy Dialogue between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Maldives and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan to coincide Minister Asim’s visit.

The foreign ministers also exchanged views on the US-DPRK summit held in Singapore on June 12, and recognized the importance of the swift implementation of the agreements reached in order to realize comprehensive peace, stability and progress in the Korean peninsular. Further, both ministers expressed hope that the Summit would lead to an early resolution of the abductions issue.

During his call on Japan’s Minister of Environment, H.E. Masaharu Nakagawa, Foreign Minister Asim noted the positive developments taking place throughout the world to mitigate and adapt to the risks of climate change. The two ministers discussed further cooperation within the context of Japan’s Joint Credit Mechanism (JCM) on reduction of low carbon emission and renewable energy. At the meeting with the President of JICA Mr. Shinichi Kitaoka, Minister Asim thanked JICA for its continuous efforts to promote the socio-economic development of Maldives through successful programmes undertaken in the Maldives. Both Minister Asim and President Kitaoka exchanged views on future collaboration between JICA and the Government of Maldives. Minister Asim further noted with appreciation the positive contribution JOCV volunteers play in the socio-economic development of Maldives.

Minister Asim also met with Japan-Maldives Friendship League’s President Mr. Wataru Takeshita, and other members of the League. Minister Asim thanked the League members for their unwavering support to advance the friendly relations between the two countries. Minister Asim and the League’s President Takeshita noted the increased people-to-people contact, including the growth of trade and investment between two countries over the years.

During the visit the Minister graced a reception organized by the Embassy of Maldives for Japanese leading tour operators and airline representatives and spoke about importance of strengthening the economic and commercial ties with Japan. Minister Asim also visited Tokyo Skytree, the primary television and radio broadcasting tower of Tokyo. Maldives and Japan are cooperating on establishing Integrated Services Digital Broadcasting Terrestrial (ISDB-T) television network, a Japanese standard for the transmission of digital television over air, which advances speedy communication and warning for disaster preparedness.

Minister Asim was accompanied by H.E. Mr. Ahmed Khaleel, Secretary Bilateral and Mr. Ahmed Fazeel, Director at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.From Japan, the delegation was joined by Ambassador-designate H.E. Mr. Ibrahim Uvais and staff of the Maldives Embassy.

Government of Maldives and Government of Japan sign grant assistance agreement worth JPY 300 million.

June 15, 2018

Under the Japanese Economic and Social Development Cooperation Program, Government of Maldives and Government of Japan signed a grant assistance agreement of JPY300 million for the Health Sector of Maldives.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs H.E. Dr. Mohamed Asim signed the Exchange of Notes on behalf of the Government of Maldives and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan H.E. Mr. Taro Kono signed the Exchange of Notes on behalf of the Government of Japan.

The signing ceremony was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan this morning. At the press conference held after the signing ceremony, Minister Asim thanked the Government of Japan for their generous support and continuous assistance to the Government of Maldives. Both ministers noted the two countries as close friends that share a long-standing friendship based on mutual respect and understanding.

Foreign Minister Dr. Asim was accompanied by H.E. Mr. Ahmed Khaleel, Secretary Bilateral, and H.E. Mr. Ibrahim Uvais, Ambassador-designate of Maldives to Japan, Mr. Ahmed Fazeel, Director, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Maldives, Mr. Adam Hamid, First Secretary and Mr. Mohamed Thahseen, Second Secretary of the Embassy of Maldives in Japan.

Foreign Minister Asim meets with Foreign Minister Taro Kono

June 15, 2018

Minister of Foreign Affairs H.E. Dr. Mohamed Asim meets Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan, H.E. Mr. Taro Kano this morning. This is the third time that both Ministers have met since November 2017.

During the meeting, Minister Asim and Minister Kono, discussed areas and avenues of cooperation to enhance the Maldives-Japan bilateral relationship. Both ministers discussed on expanding and advancing bilateral cooperation in a wide range of fields including environment, climate change, disaster prevention, tourism and health care. The importance of the maritime security under the Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy was also among the issues discussed during the meeting.

Both ministers also exchanged views on the US-DPRK summit held in Singapore on June 12, and recognized the importance of the swift implementation of the agreements reached in order to realize comprehensive peace, stability and progress in the Korean peninsular. Further, both ministers expressed hope that the Summit would lead to an early resolution of the abductions issue.

Before the meeting both minsters attended a signing ceremony held to Exchange Notes to provide a Grant Assistance of JPY300 million for the Health Sector of Maldives, under the Japanese Economic and Social Development Cooperation Program.

During the meeting Foreign Minister Dr. Asim was accompanied by Mr. Ahmed Khaleel, Secretary Bilateral, and Mr. Ibrahim Uvais, Ambassador-designate of Maldives to Japan, Mr. Ahmed Fazeel, Director, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Maldives, Mr. Adam Hamid, First Secretary and Mr. Mohamed Thahseen, Second Secretary of the Embassy of Maldives in Japan.

Foreign Minister Dr. Mohamed Asim meets with Mr. Wataru Takeshita, President of Japan-Maldives Friendship League

June 14, 2018

Foreign Minister H.E. Dr. Mohamed Asim met with H.E. Mr. Wataru Takeshita, President of Japan-Maldives Friendship League today.

During the meeting, the Foreign Minister thanked Japan-Maldives Friendship League members for their unwavering support to advance the friendly relations between the two countries. Minister Asim and the League’s President Takeshita noted the increased people-to-people contact, including the growth of trade and investment between two countries over the years.

Minister Asim noted with appreciation the role played by the JOCV volunteers and thanked Government of Japan for the assistance provided through JICA over the years. H.E. Mr. Wataru Takeshita was accompanied by Mr. Yoshitaka Shindo, Secretary General; Ms. Yuko Obuchi, General Secretary and three additional members Mr. Yasuhide Nakayama, Mr. Hiroshi Mitsubayashi and Mr. Taimei Yamaguchi, Member of Japan-Maldives Friendship League.

Foreign Minister Dr. Asim was accompanied by H.E. Mr. Ahmed Khaleel, Secretary Bilateral, and H.E. Mr. Ibrahim Uvais, Ambassador-designate of Maldives to Japan, Mr. Ahmed Fazeel, Director, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Maldives, Mr. Adam Hamid, First Secretary and Mr. Mohamed Thahseen, Second Secretary of the Embassy of Maldives in Japan.

 

Government of Maldives reassures that all criminal proceedings are carried out in compliance with the Constitution and National Laws of the Maldives

June 14, 2018

The Government of Maldives takes note of the Press Release on the Political Situation in the Maldives, issued by the Government of India on 14 June 2018.

The Government of Maldives wishes to highlight that on 13 June 2018, the Criminal Court sentenced former President Uz. Maumoon Abdul Gayoom and Chief Justice Uz. Abdulla Saeed as per national laws, regulations and procedures governing the criminal justice system in the Maldives.

The Government of Maldives reiterates its commitment to upholding the rule of law and reassures that all criminal proceedings are carried out in compliance with the relevant laws and the Constitution of the Maldives.