20 October 2016; The Non-resident Ambassador of the Maldives to the Swiss Confederation, H.E. Dr Hala Hameed presented her Letter of Credence to the President of the Swiss Confederation, H.E. Johann N. Schneider-Ammann. The ceremony was held today at the Federal Palace in Bern.
After receiving the Credentials, President Schneider-Ammann congratulated Ambassador Hala and stated that he looked forward to working closely with the Maldives to strengthen diplomatic relations and co-operation between the two countries.
Ambassdor Hala thanked the President for the warm welcome and conveyed greetings from His Excellency President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom. Ambassador Hala noted that the Maldives receives a significant number of tourists from Switzerland. Ambassador also highlighted climate change as one of most pressing issues globally and to the Maldives. President Schneider-Ammann expressed that Switzerland shares the same concerns to the global issue of climate change.
The Chancellor, H.E Walter Thurnherr inquired about the political developments in the Maldives and in response, Ambassador Hala highlighted the efforts of the Government to strengthen democratic governance in the Maldives.
Ambassador Hala assured that the Maldives will continue to work closely with the Swiss Confederation, in further strengthening the existing ties between the two countries. Further, expressed commitment to expanding cooperation between the two countries, on important global issues including climate change and promoting democracy.
Ambassador Hala was accompanied to the presentation of credentials ceremony by First Secretary, Ms Aishath Shahula.
The Embassy of Maldives to Switzerland is based in Geneva.