News from the Maldives

President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has sent a message of condolence to the President of Sri Lanka, His Excellency Maithripala Sirisena, following the demise of veteran vocalist, musician and composer, Mr. Pandith W. D. Amaradewa.

On 31 October 2016, the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) confirmed Maldives to continue chairmanship of the group for the next two years (2017-2018) at its plenary meeting. Reacting to the decision of the AOSIS, Foreign Minister Dr Mohamed Asim said that “It’s an endorsement of the leadership that the Maldives has shown on global issues. The Maldives will remain committed to promoting issues relevant to the small island developing states”.

Minister of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Asim has said “Much can be achieved through sharing of knowledge and transfer of technology by countries of the global south.” Minister Asim was speaking as a special invitee to the “Side-Event of the South-South and Triangular Cooperation for Scaling Up Innovation in Public Service Delivery” held in Dubai during the “Global South-South Development Expo”. Minister addressed the side-event live over Skype this afternoon and highlighted on the achievements and challenges of public service delivery in the Maldives.

Minister of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Asim has sent a message to His Excellency Mr. Adel Al-Jubeir, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, condemning the attack aimed at the holy city of Makkah.

The Government of the Republic of Maldives and the Government of Japan, with a view to further extending economic cooperation between the two countries, signed an Exchange of Notes today at a ceremony held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Asim, Minister of Foreign Affairs and His Excellency Mr. Kazumi Endo, Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Maldives, signed the Exchange of Notes on behalf of the two respective countries.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Mohamed Asim has said that “international cooperation is the most important mechanism to counter terrorism and violent extremism”. The Minister made this remark following the international seminar on “Counter Terrorism and Violent Extremism: Challenges and Solutions through Shared Experiences” that concluded today. The Seminar, which was held from 25-26 October 2016 in Kurumba Maldives, was organized by the National Counter Terrorism Centre of the Maldives, in association with United Nations, UN Women, and the Maldives Association of Tourism Industry (MATI).

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.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohamed Asim has said that “there is a responsibility on every nation to promote education and enlightenment in a way that shows the path to peace” and highlighted on the need for finding creative and urgent solutions for the challenges facing the Islamic Ummah.

It gives me great pleasure to be here in this beautiful historic City. My delegation and I thank the Government of Uzbekistan and its friendly people, for the gracious hospitality extended to us since our arrival. At the outset, I wish to congratulate His Excellency Mr. Abdulaziz Kamilov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan, for being elected to preside over this important Council. I would also like to congratulate the outgoing Chairman, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kuwait His Excellency Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah for the able manner in which he has steered this Council. May I also take this opportunity to extend to you all the warm greetings of my President His Excellency Mr. Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, the Government, and the people of the Maldives.

Minister of Foreign Affairs H.E. Dr. Mohamed Asim has departed for Uzbekistan to attend the 43rd Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organisation of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) scheduled to take place in Tashkent from 18 – 19 October 2016.

The Government of Maldives has decided today to leave the Commonwealth. The decision to leave the Commonwealth was difficult, but inevitable.

President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has sent a condolence message to the Prime Minister of Thailand, His Excellency Prayut Chan-o-cha, following the demise of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

The Government of Maldives congratulates and warmly welcomes Mr. Antonio Guterres on his confirmation as the next Secretary General of the United Nations. As a country which looks upon the United Nations as the guarantor of international peace and security, the Maldives stands ready to extend its support and looks forward to working with Mr. Guterres as he gets ready for the assignment as the new Secretary General.

At the United Nations General Assembly debate on Advancement of Women, the Maldives has urged to ensure that women are not treated as followers or merely beneficiaries, but as leaders, contributors and agents of change.

The Finland Ambassador to the Maldives, His Excellency Mr. Rauli Suikkanen has called on the Foreign Minister, His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Asim today.

President Yameen has appointed Mr. Ahmed Khaleel as Secretary, Bilateral at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The appointment was made at the level of State Minister.

Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince, His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al-Saud paid a courtesy call on the President of Maldives His Excellency Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, at the King Saud Guest Palace this morning.

“In the Maldives, efforts are being made to encourage participation of women, youth and persons with disabilities in the community to ensure an inclusive and equitable society”, stressed the Maldives delegation at the United Nations General Assembly debate on Social Development. Ms. Farzana Zahir, Joint Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, while speaking at the Third Committee of the 71st session, noted that social inclusion being the core aspiration of the 2030 Agenda, “this pledge remains at the heart of our efforts”.

His Excellency Mr. Adel Jubeir, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, called on His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Asim, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Maldives.

The Government of Maldives and Saudi Arabia have held official talks, led by His Majesty, the King of Saudi ‎Arabia and the Custodian of the ‎Two Holy Mosques, Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud and ‎ President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom. The discussions took place at the Royal Palace of King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud.

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