23 November 2014, Male';The Minister of Foreign Affairs, H. E. Ms Dunya Maumoon departed for Nepal tonight, to attend the 36th Session of the Council of Ministers of SAARC. The meeting is scheduled ahead of the 18th SAARC Summit to be held from 26 – 27 November in Kathmandu. Minister Dunya will also be part of the Maldives Delegation for the Summit, headed by H.E. President Mr Yameen Abdul Gayoom.
H.E. Dr Ali Naseer Mohamed, Foreign Secretary and senior officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs are currently in Kathmandu, participating in the 41st session of the Standing Committee and the 49th Session of the Programming Committee of SAARC.
The upcoming SAARC Summit will discuss key issues including economic and trade cooperation and regional connectivity. During the visit, Minister Dunya is also scheduled to meet with her counterparts from other member states of SAARC, at the sidelines of the Summit
The Maldives is the current Chair of SAARC, following the 17th SAARC Summit held in Addu City in November 2011. During its three years of Chairmanship, the Maldives has been instrumental in trying to make SAARC processes and mechanisms more effective and result-oriented.