News from the Maldives

The Government of Maldives has urged the Member States of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) to create an environment conducive for holding the 19th SAARC Summit. The appeal by the Government of Maldives’ follows the decisions by some of the SAARC Member States who have expressed their inability to attend the Summit scheduled for November due to terrorism, and threats to regional and international peace. The Maldives condemns international terrorism, especially those originating from outside.

The United Nations Human Rights Council concluded its 33rd session today in Geneva, at which the delegation of the Republic of Maldives delivered 24 formal statements, engaged on 28 issues, and actively participated in the negotiation of 30 resolutions, adopted during the concluding session of the council. The session also confirmed the appointment of five mandate holders and adopted the report of the session.

The Maldives has opened its first Embassy in Germany today. The Embassy was officially opened by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Asim.

The close relations between the Maldives and China have gone through a further fortification over the last few years says the Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, H. E. Ms. Iruthisham Adam. Acting Minister made the statement while speaking as the Chief Guest at the Reception held to celebrate the 67th National Day reception.

In keeping with its long-standing tradition of advocacy and awareness building on issues relating to Small Island Developing States (SIDS), and in its capacity as Chair of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), Maldives continued to actively participate in several activities throughout the course of the high-level week of the seventy-first session of the United Nations General Assembly.

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr Mohamed Asim has said that the international community should “value us by our abilities, not our vulnerabilities”, and has urged the international community to evaluate progress in the Maldives against its own progress, instead of against inappropriate benchmarks. The Minister made these remarks in his Address to the UN General Assembly in New York on 24 September 2016.

Maldives highlights means of implementation of the means of  The Group of 77 held its fortieth annual Meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs on the sidelines of the General Debate of the seventy-first session of the General Assembly today.

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Maldives, Dr. Mohamed Asim met with the United Nations Secretary General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon today at the UN Headquarters in New York.

The first annual Global Multi-stakeholder SIDS Partnership Dialogue was held on 22 September 2016 during the 71st session of the General Assembly as a High-level Breakfast Event, focusing on the launch of new partnerships devoted to SIDS, and the announcement of new commitments from existing SIDS partnerships.

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Maldives, H.E. Dr. Mohamed Asim attended the Informal Meeting of the SAARC Council of Ministers on the sidelines of the Seventy-first session of the United Nations General Assembly, upon the invitation extended by the event’s host Nepal, the current Chair of SAARC.

Today marks the 51st anniversary of the Maldives membership at the United Nations. The Maldives joined the United Nations on 21 September 1965 as the Organization’s smallest member at the time, with many questioning the viability of a small state like the Maldives, and its ability to contribute.

The Republic of Maldives and Saint Kitts and Nevis has established diplomatic relations today. The joint communiqué establishing relations between the two countries were signed by H.E. Dr. Mohamed Asim, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Maldives and Honourable Mark Brantley, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Saint Kitts and Nevis. The joint communiqué was signed at a ceremony held at the Permanent Mission of the Maldives to the United Nations in New York.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Maldives, H.E. Dr. Mohamed Asim has met with the Minister for Foreign Affairs of New Zealand, H.E. Mr. Murray McCully sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Mohamed Asim has departed to New York, to attend the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). Minister Asim is the Head of the Maldives Delegation for this year’s UNGA.

The Maldives re-affirmed the relevance and significance of the Non-Aligned Movement, as a platform for the exchange of views to advance sustainable development, and a united force against injustice and inequality. Speaking at the 17th Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Non-Aligned Movement in Venezuela, H.E. Mr. Ahmed Sareer, Permanent Representative of the Maldives to the United Nations  as the Head of the Maldives Delegation, also underscored the necessity for the movement to adapt and evolve, faced with the changing realities of the modern world.

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The Minister of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Asim has today met with Minister for Asia and the Pacific at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Mr Alok Sharma.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Asim has called on the Commonwealth Secretary General, the Right Honourable Patricia Scotland QC.

H.E. Mr Harimawan Suyitno, Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to the Republic of Maldives, has called on the Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Dr. Mohamed Asim.

Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Dr. Mohamed Asim attended the Diplomatic Reception held on the occasion of the 71st Anniversary of the Independence Day of the Republic of Indonesia, as the Chief Guest for the ceremony.

Her Excellency Fathimath Inaya, Non-Resident High Commissioner of the Republic of Maldives to the Republic of Singapore has paid last respect to His Excellency S R Nathan, Former President of the Republic of Singapore, this morning, at the Parliament House of Singapore.

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