The 50th Anniversary of the Independence of the Republic of Maldives has been marked with a flag raising ceremony at the High Commission of the Maldives in London.
At the ceremony, Acting High Commissioner Hassan Shifau, joined by staff at the mission, hoisted the National Flag of the Maldives, and then read out an Independence Day statement on behalf of His Excellency Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, President of the Republic of Maldives.
This year marks a historic juncture for the Government and people of the Maldives, celebrating the Golden Jubilee of Independence. Such an important milestone has been duly marked with a number of different events taking place in the Maldives and at missions abroad. At a special flag raising ceremony held this morning in Male’, HEP Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom appealed to the people of Maldives to face the challenges of defending their national independence, with patience and courage. The President also reminded people that the safeguarding and maintenance of their independence was actually harder than securing it and explained that Maldives ability to protect its independence stemmed from both Islamic and national values.
Minister Dunya Maumoon also sent her warmest congratulations to the people of Maldives. Speaking of the occasion, Minister Dunya expressed great pride in the numerous achievements of the Nation since independence in 1965. She explained that it is the duty of all Maldivian citizens to reflect on the sacrifices of their forefathers and reminisce on their vision for the nation of safeguarding independence. Minister Dunya added that the efforts of the last 50 years has put Maldives on the world map, affirming its position as a moderate Islamic country committed to consolidating its young democracy.
A number of foreign dignitaries including President of Sri Lanka, H.E Maithripala Sirisena and Ms Shen Yueyue, Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of National People's Congress of China have travelled to Male’ to participate in the numerous celebrations taking place to mark the 50th Anniversary.
The Maldives was a British Protectorate before gaining independence in 1965.