Foreign Minister Dr. Asim Departs for New York

January 22, 2018

His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Asim, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Maldives departs for New York City, the United States on an official visit.

While in New York City, Minister Asim will be holding a number of bilateral consultations with Permanent Representatives of Member States to the United Nations to discuss a range of issues.

He will also be seeking their support for the Maldives candidature for a non-permanent seat of the United Nations Security Council for the term 2019-2020.

Minister Asim will be in New York City until the 26th of January 2018 upon which he will travel to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to meet a number of African countries participating in the African Union Summit.

Foreign Minister Dr. Asim Pays Courtesy Call on Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia

January 23, 2018

His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Asim, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Maldives paid a courtesy call on his counterpart, His Excellency Dr. Jubeir, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The meeting was held at the Headquarters of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Jeddah.

During the meeting, Minister Asim expressed Maldives support and solidarity to the Government and people of Saudi Arabia on a number of issues internationally. He thanked the Government of Saudi Arabia for their crucial role in contributing to the economic empowerment and development of the Maldives.

In his remarks, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia expressed his sincere appreciation to the Maldives for the support it continues to extend to the Kingdom. He reiterated the close and brotherly relations between the two countries, and the desire of the Government to maintain and strengthen the close engagements between both the countries.

His Excellency Mr. Abdulla Hameed, Ambassador of the Maldives to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Mr. Javed Faizal, Additional Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Maldives were also present at the meeting.

Foreign Minister Addresses OIC Ministerial Meeting on Yemen

January 22, 2018

The Minister of Foreign Affairs His Excellency Dr Mohamed Asim addressed the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) at the Extraordinary Meeting held to discuss the situation in Yemen, and in particular the ballistic missiles fired by the Houthi militia towards Riyadh.

Minister Asim condemned the offensive actions of the Houthi militia in launching the ballistic missile attack against Saudi Arabia, and expressed Maldives solidarity with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Foreign Minister stated that the “blatant disregard exercised by the Houthis in undermining the security and sovereignty of a neighbouring State is a grave provocation, which would add no value to the on-going international efforts to reach a political settlement”.  He also stated that Maldives supports the actions of the UN Security Council, and the work of the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Yemen Mr. Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed in finding a solution to the conflict.

In concluding his statement, Minister Asim expressed the Maldives desire for peace, lasting stability and prosperity for Yemen, and it’s support for reaching a final and comprehensive agreement to end the conflict.

Amb H.E. Ahmed Mohamed met with his counterparts from Kazakhstan and Serbia

January 18, 2018

In two separate meetings held at the Maldives Embassy in New Delhi, India, Amb H.E. Ahmed Mohamed met with Ambassador of Kazakhstan, H.E. Bulat Sarsenbayev, and Ambassador of Serbia, H.E. Vladimir Maric.

H.E. Ahmed Mohamed elaborately discussed ways to strengthen bilateral and multilateral ties between both countries.They also exchanged views on ongoing economic and political developments in the countries.


European Union Delegates holds talks with Foreign Minister

January 14, 2018

A high-level delegation from the European Union (EU), led by Mrs. Paola Pampaloni, Deputy Managing Director for Asia Department of the European External Action Service (EEAS), called on Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Maldives H.E Dr. Mohamed Asim.

At the meeting held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs this morning, Foreign Minister Asim and Mrs. Pampaloni discussed ways of further enhancing cooperation with the Maldives and the European Union on various sectors. Discussions were also focused on key thematic areas such as countering terrorism and violent extremism, climate change, environmental protection, strengthening regional cooperation, as well as other important issues of mutual interest. Minister Asim will also host a luncheon in honor of Mrs Paola Pampaloni and the delegates.

Foreign Minister Dr. Asim was accompanied by the Foreign Secretary, His Excellency Ahmed Sareer, H.E Ahmed Khaleel, Secretary Bilateral, H.E Dr. Fazeel Najeeb, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, H.E Ahmed Shiaan, Ambassador of Maldives to the European Union and Ms. Shiuneen Rasheed, Director at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.