News from the Maldives

“Only a correct analysis of the situation will lead to correct strategies in eliminating the menace of terrorism”, the Maldives Foreign Secretary Ali Naseer Mohamed said at the UN Security Council in New York today. Speaking at the United Nations Security Council Open Debate on “Countering the Narrative and Ideologies of Terrorism”, Foreign Secretary Dr Ali Naseer Mohamed said that President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom’s vision is very clear and commitment are very strong in stopping, defeating, and eliminating terrorism. The Foreign Secretary also briefed the Security Council on the key steps that President Yameen has recently taken to counter terrorism, including the enactment of the Counter Terrorism legislation last October, and the setting up of the National Counter Terrorism Center which is mandated to formulate counter-terrorism guidelines and procedures based on the analysis of international benchmarks and best practices.

The Maldives has today called for a paradigm shift in approaching and applying key concepts such as threats, security, and peace, in responding to emerging challenges facing the world. Speaking at the High Level Thematic Debate on the United Nations, Peace, and Security, which is currently taking place in New York from 10-11 May, the Maldives Foreign Secretary Dr Ali Naseer Mohamed noted that the “nature of the threats we face today are new and less understood, the capacity to resolve conflicts and promote the peace is being tested like never before. . . confronting the new multidimensional risks require an equally intricate response, a response that is comprehensive and holistic. Continuing to address security, development, and human rights in silos, guised under the explanation of mandates, is no longer adequate”.



The Government of Maldives has, on 5 May 2016, submitted to the UN Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearance (WGEID) its responses to the inquiry by the Working Group on the disappearance of Maldivian national, Mr. Ahmed Rilwan. In its submission, the Government rejected any suggestion that it is responsible for the disappearance of Rilwan, or that it has had any involvement as alleged or at all. The Government notes that, contrary to certain media reports in the Maldives, it has not been summoned or ordered to respond to allegations by the United Nations.  It is a voluntary engagement with international partners, especially the UN institutions to ensure transparency in the efforts to promote and protect human rights in the Maldives.

His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates has called on Her Excellency Dunya Maumoon, Minister of Foreign Affairs.

His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates has concluded his official visit to the Maldives. His Highness Sheikh Abdullah was seen off at Ibrahim Nasir International Airport by Her Excellency Dunya Maumoon, Minister of Foreign Affairs.

 Minister of Foreign Affairs Ms Dunya Maumoon has said that the “Government is implementing the necessary reforms to cultivate a culture of democracy in the society”. Minister Dunya said this today while addressing foreign diplomats based in Colombo that are accredited to the Maldives.

Foreign Minister Her Excellency Dunya Maumoon has met with the Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, this afternoon.

UNICEF Regional Director for South Asia, Ms. Karin Hulshof paid a farewell call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Maldives, Her Excellency Ms. Dunya Maumoon.

President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has been conferred the first “Dr Kalam Puraskar for Excellence in Governance” Award at a special ceremony held this morning at the Dale View Institute.

President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has concluded his visit to India to accept the “Dr Kalam Puraskar for Excellence in Governance” Award.

The new Ambassador of Iran to the Maldives, His Excellency Mohammed Zaeri Amirani has presented his credentials to President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, on Sunday morning.

The new Ambassador of Islamic Republic of Iran to the Maldives, His Excellency Mr. Mohammad Zaeri Amirani, has called on the Foreign Minister, Her Excellency Ms. Dunya Maumoon today.

Foreign Minister of Sweden Her Excellency Margot Wallstrom has met with Foreign Minister Her Excellency Dunya Maumoon this evening. At the discussions held between the Foreign Minister of Sweden and Foreign Minister of Maldives, Minister Dunya welcomed Foreign Minister Wallstrom to the Maldives and noted the close collaboration the Maldives and Sweden has on a number of issues including Climate Change. Both Ministers also discussed ways of further strengthening the existing ties between the two countries.

Head of the Country Cluster Asia, International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Mr Leon Prop paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs Her Excellency Dunya Maumoon this morning. During the discussions Head IFRC  provided an overview of IFRC’s cooperation with the Maldivian Red Crescent Society.

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Her Excellency Dunya Maumoon has sent a message of sympathy to His Excellency Salahuddin Rabbani, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan, following the major bomb blast in the heart of Kabul, causing tragic loss of innocent lives and grievous injury to many.

Foreign Minister Dunya Maumoon and Attorney General Mohamed Anil briefed the CMAG Ministers at the Group's meeting held in London today, and reiterated the Government's firm commitment to strengthening the justice sector and democracy consolidation in the Maldives.

The Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group, at its meeting held in London today decided not to include the Maldives on its formal agenda. The Concluding Statement issued by the Ministers also stressed the importance of all political parties engaging constructively in political dialogue. The CMAG Ministers in particular took note of the   progress made by the Government on political dialogue process and expressed the hope that the “proximity talks facilitated by the United Nations would bring the Government and opposition representatives closer to purposeful and forward-looking dialogue”.

H.E. Ms. Dunya Maumoon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, has sent a message of sympathy to His Excellency Mr. Guillaume Long, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Mobility Humana of the Republic of Ecuador, following the news of the deadly earthquake which hit the western coastal area of Ecuador causing the loss of many lives.

President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has sent a message of sympathy to the President of the Republic of Ecuador, His Excellency Rafael Correa, following the deadly earthquake which hit the western coastal area of Ecuador causing the loss of many lives.

Senior Adviser to the United Nations Department of Political Affairs, Mr. Tamrat Samuel has arrived in the Maldives today to help the Government in re-starting the Political Party Talks. Mr Samuel is accompanied by a high level delegation from the Department of Political Affairs.

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