Minister of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency Abdulla Shahid met his counterpart, His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates, today.

During the meeting held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of UAE in Abu Dhabi, His Highness Minister Abdullah extended a warm welcome to Minister Shahid. His Highness also extended warm congratulations and good wishes to His Excellency President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and expressed his good wishes for the Maldives to reach new heights of development and progress under President Solih’s leadership.

The two ministers discussed today the issue of visa waiver for Maldivians travelling to UAE. From the beginning of 2019 Maldivians will be able to travel visa free to UAE. Read more

The Government of Maldives categorically refutes media reports alleging that it is planning to allow the establishment of an Indian military base in the Maldives, in exchange for financial assistance or other material benefits. The allegations are baseless, and aimed at discrediting the efforts of the Government as it starts to rebuild good relations with its neighbours and the rest of the international community.

The Government assures the Maldivian people, that it will always act in the national interest of the Maldives, and will not undertake any international engagement that will compromise the sovereignty and independence of the country.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Maldives

Minister of Foreign Affairs His Excellency Abdulla Shahid has arrived in the United Arab Emirates today, on an Official visit.

During his visit, Minister Shahid will meet with His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and other senior officials of the Government of the United Arab Emirates, and hold discussions on strengthening the historical brotherly relations between the Maldives and the United Arab Emirates.

Minister Shahid is accompanied by Minister of State for Foreign Affairs His Excellency Ahmed Khaleel.

Minister of Foreign Affairs His Excellency Abdulla Shahid has departed from New Delhi, after concluding his official visit to India.

During his maiden visit, Minister Shahid called on His Excellency Ram Nath Kovind, President of the Republic of India, and met with Her Excellency Sushma Swaraj, Minister of External Affairs, Her Excellency Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of Defense and His Excellency Ajit Doval, National Security Advisor.

In his meetings, the Minister highlighted the importance accorded by the new government to renewing the traditional ties of friendship that has always existed between the Maldives and India, and discussed ways to further strength the relationship.

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Minister of Foreign Affairs His Excellency Abdulla Shahid met with the National Security Advisor of India, His Excellency Ajit Doval today.

The National Security Advisor, welcomed Minister Shahid and discussed the various aspects of the bilateral relationship between the Maldives and India.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Maldives