News from the Maldives

President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has sent a message of sympathy to the President of Turkey, His Excellency Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, following the attacks on the Istanbul Ataturk Airport.

“There is generation of Palestinian children growing up today, having known nothing but violence. Injustice and oppression sow the seeds of hatred and makes possible the spread of extremist sentiment” stated the Minister of Foreign Affairs Her Excellency Ms. Dunya Maumoon today.

Foreign Minister Dunya Maumoon has said that all UN Member States have an obligation to “share a common goal of ensuring a voice for the voiceless and a place for everyone at the table, regardless of size or stature.” The presence Small Island Developing States (SIDS) ensures a diversity of views that give meaning to the principle of universality in the UN system. The Foreign Minister made these remarks in Geneva today while speaking at a Side Event organised by the Maldives to coincide the 10th Anniversary of the United Nations Human Rights Council.

On the sidelines of the 32nd Session of the UN Human Rights Council, Her Excellency Ms Dunya Maumoon, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Maldives, met bilaterally with Geneva based Ambassadors from India, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and China. She ended the day with an iftar (breaking the fast) with seven other Ambassadors.

“The EU Referendum in the UK yesterday was a clear demonstration of democracy in action; a historic verdict by the people and for the people, to leave the EU”, Foreign Minister Dunya Maumoon has said. The Minister made this remark following the announcement of the final results of the EU referendum that was held yesterday in the UK, in which the people voted to leave the EU.

His Excellency Abdulla Jihad has been sworn in as the Vice President of the Maldives. The Vice President took his oath of office at the President’s Office at a ceremony held this afternoon. The oath of office was administered by the Chief Justice, Hon. Uz. Abdulla Saeed.

President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has made the following appointments to Cabinet today:

  • Hon. Ahmed Zuhoor, as the Minister of Home Affairs

  • Hon. Iruthisham Adam, as the Minister of Youth and Sports

  • Hon. Ahmed Munawwar, as the Minister of Finance and Treasury

  • Hon. Abdulla Nazim Ibrahim, as the Minister of Health

  • Hon. Aminath Zeneesha Shaheed Zaki, as the Minister of Gender and Family

  • Minister of Foreign Affairs, Her Excellency Ms. Dunya Maumoon gave an Interview to Dhitv’s Khabarutherein Programme last night. During the interview, Minister Dunya focused on the Government’s Foreign Policy achievements, Maldives relations with countries particularly, its developmental partners and on recent political developments.

    Minister of Foreign Affairs, Her Excellency Ms. Dunya Maumoon gave an Interview to Avas today on the Government’s Foreign Policy. During the Interview Minister Dunya highlighted on the relations Maldives has with its neighbours and developmental partners and the foreign Policy achievements of the Government.

    Special Envoy of the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan, His Excellency Mr. Bulat Sarsenbayev, Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan has called on Her Excellency Ms. Dunya Maumoon, Minister of Foreign Affairs.

    Special Envoy of the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan, His Excellency Mr. Bulat Sarsenbayev, Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan has called on Her Excellency Ms. Dunya Maumoon, Minister of Foreign Affairs.

    H.E. Ms. Dunya Maumoon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, has sent a message of condolence to H.E. Ms. Retno LP. Marsudi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, following the tragic news of the floods and landslides in Central Java Province of Indonesia.

    His Excellency Dr Hassan Eisa Hassan El Talib, Ambassador of the Republic of Sudan to the Maldives, has paid a farewell call on the Foreign Minister, Her Excellency Ms. Dunya Maumoon today.

    President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has sent a message of sympathy to the President of the United States of America, His Excellency Barack Obama, following the the attacks in Orlando, Florida.

    The Government of the Maldives takes note of the remarks made by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mr. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein at the Opening Statement of the 32nd Human Rights Council session in Geneva on 13 June 2016. In his statement, the High Commissioner noted that the Government has given access to Missions from his Office to those convicted on serious criminal offences, and the openness that the Government has shown for discussion. The High Commissioner also expressed concerns with regard to the recent convictions of those at the centre of attempts to destabilise freedom and democracy in the Maldives.

    His Excellency Rear Admiral Kazi Sarwar Hossain, High Commissioner of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh to the Republic of Maldives has called on the Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Ms. Dunya Maumoon.

    The 32nd session of the UN Human Rights Council commenced in Geneva this morning. The Session will continue for 3 weeks until 1st July 2016.

    The Maldives is the Country of Honour at the 4th China-South Asia Expo, and was well represented at the 24th China Kunming Import and Export Fair, which was opened this morning in Kunming. The Speaker of Majlis Honorable Abdulla Maseeh Mohamed represented the Maldives as Special Envoy of President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom during the opening ceremony. Speaker Maseeh delivered the keynote speech at the opening ceremony.

    The Criminal Court of the Maldives sentenced former Vice-President of the Maldives, Ahmed Adheeb Abdul Ghafoor for 15 years in jail on charges of conspiring to assassinate the President.  His two military bodyguards, Hassan Rikaz and Ahmed Amir were both sentenced to 10-years’ imprisonment.  This follows on from the previous conviction of Mr Adeeb on weapons and explosives charges. Mr Adeeb also faces further charges of large scale corruption and misappropriation of State funds. The Court is expected to give a verdict on these charges in the coming days.   

    The Economist newspaper’s 7 June 2016 article on the Maldives entitled: ‘Go west, deposed man: The President of the Maldives Gets Asylum in Britain’ is a misrepresentation of facts. If The Economist was intending to refer to Mr Mohamed Nasheed, he no longer is the President of Maldives; he resigned from office on 7 February 2012, and the Economist should be well aware of that as well. Mr Nasheed is now a member of the political opposition. He was granted medical leave while serving a sentence for ordering to abduct a judge. 

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