Statements

The new Ambassador of Maldives to the Kingdom of the Netherlands, H.E. Mr. Ahmed Shiaan, has presented his Letter of Credence to the King of the Netherlands, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander. The ceremony took place today, at the Noordeinde Palace in Den Haag. His Majesty welcomed Ambassador Shiaan, expressing pleasure to receive the new Ambassador of the Republic of Maldives to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Ambassador Shiaan thanked His Majesty the King for the audience and conveyed the greetings and good wishes from H. E. President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom to King Willem-Alexander.

Statement by Minister Dunya at the High Level Segment of the 31st Session of the UN Human Rights Council

The new High Commissioner, H.E Mr. Ahmed Shiaan presented his credentials to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on 10 February 2016 at a formal ceremony held at Buckingham Palace. The presentation marked the official assumption of duties as High Commissioner of the Republic of Maldives to the United Kingdom.  

November 2015 marks the second anniversary of President Yameen’s election to office and provides a fitting opportunity to highlight the remarkable foreign policy achievements of the government so far.

General Debate of the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly

Statement by: H.E. Ms Dunya Maumoon, Minister of Foreign Affairs

New York, 3 October 2015

Mr President, Secretary General, Ladies and Gentlemen,

The first three words of the UN Charter reads “We the People”. Those words make it clear, that human life is at the heart of the UN Charter. And it must remain the key principle guiding our work. This year, we mark the seventieth anniversary of the adoption of the Charter. Seventy years since the establishment of the United Nations. And there isn’t a more opportune time to ask ourselves: Have we served, “we the people” well?

Informal Meeting of the SAARC Council of Ministers
Statement by:
H.E. Ms Dunya Maumoon, Minister of Foreign Affairs
New York, 30 September 2015

Bismillah-ah-rahman-ah-raheem,

 Honourable Foreign Ministers, 

 Secretary-General of SAARC,  

 Assalaamu Alaikum and Good Afternoon, 

 One year has passed since we met last in November 2014, during the 18th SAARC Summit. The past year has brought much anguish and distress to the region as a whole. Some have been affected more than others. But as neighbours and friendly countries, we have stood together.  

United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 2015 Statement by: 

H.E. Ms. Dunya Maumoon

New York, 27 September 2015

Bismillah-ah-rahman-ah-raheem

Mr President, [Mr Secretary-General], Distinguished Delegates, Ladies and Gentlemen,This is a watershed moment in human history. The hallowed rooms of this building have been abuzz with hope. The air is filled with excitement. This Agenda has captured the imagination of every child, every woman and every man, from every corner of the world.

24 August 2015

Bismi-llāhi r-raḥmāni r-raḥīm

State Ministers,

The United Nations Resident Coordinator,

Members of the UNDAF Steering Committee, and Ladies and Gentlemen,

Assalaam Alaikum and a very good morning.

Last month we celebrated the golden jubilee of the Maldives national independence. Next month, we will be marking the golden jubilee of Maldives membership in the United Nations.

15 August 2015

Today as we commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of the World War II, let us all take a moment and remember the courage and the sacrifices of all those brave men and women who fought to end the war and enabled the world to forge the peace.

Early today, Friday 10 July 2015, the Government of Maldives submitted its response to the Regular Procedure Communication filed on 12 May 2015 by former President Mohamed Nasheed with the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention. 

The Government has learned that some countries are pushing for the inclusion of the Maldives on the agenda of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG).

Ms. Dunya Maumoon, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Maldives and Mr Toby Cadman, Partner at Omnia Strategy LLP, are holding a joint press conference today, Saturday 27 June 2015, in Male’.

In response to a number of statements that have emerged in relation to recent events in the Maldives, the Government considers its obligations towards legislative, constitutional and judicial reform as an integral part of its development plans and is proud of the many achievements that have already been secured in the space of just a few years.

Male,  23 June 2015

The Government of Maldives notes the visit of Amnesty International representative(s) from 23 to 26 June 2015 and encourages a fair and objective assessment of the situation on the ground.  We encourage cooperation, transparency, mutual respect and constructive engagement.

Your Excellency Mr. Rajeev Shahare, the High Commissioner of India to the Maldives,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Assalaamu Alaikum Warahmathullahi Wabarakaathuh

At the outset let me wish you all Ramadhan Kareem. I hope you and your families have a blessed and peaceful Holy month of Ramadan.

I am deeply honored to be part of this celebration to mark the first International Yoga Day. Special events have been organized throughout the day here in Maldives, and around the world. On behalf of the Government of Maldives I would like to extend greetings of the day to the Government of India. I would also like to congratulate High Commissioner Shahare for organizing the events.

The Government of Maldives notes the statement of 19 June 2015, issued by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the statement issued on the same date by the UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and lawyers and the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders.

The Government has appointed Omnia Strategy LLP to advise the Government for strengthening the legislative framework of the Government as part of the government’s broader strategy for democracy consolidation in the country. Omnia Strategy is the international legal and advisory firm chaired by international human rights barrister Cherie Blair CBE, QC.

Yesterday’s protest organised by the Opposition political parties have been declared violent by key independent institutions including the Police Integrity Commission and the Human Rights Commission.

Police begin investigation into the attack on Police Officers tonight

Open Letter to Lord Alton of Liverpool Regarding His Comments about the Trial and Sentencing of Former President of the Maldives, Mr Mohamed Nasheed

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