10 February 2016, London; 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.
The High Commissioner was escorted to Buckingham Palace in a state carriage by the Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps from Hyatt Regency London. The High Commissioner was accompanied by Deputy High Commissioner, Hassan Shifau and Minister Counselor, Geela Ali who were welcomed warmly by The Queen at Buckingham Palace. During the ceremony the High Commissioner presented his Letters of Credence to The Queen who then accredited him as the High Commissioner of the Republic of Maldives. The High Commissioner thanked Her Majesty the Queen for the audience and conveyed greetings from H.E President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom to Her Majesty the Queen and expressed the desire to further strengthen positive relations between the two countries. Her Majesty the Queen recalled with pleasure her visit to the Maldives in 1972 and conveyed her best regards to H.E President Yameen and the people of Maldives.
The High Commissioner H.E Mr. Ahmed Shiaan later hosted a Vin D’Honneur at Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill which was attended by a number of British Parliamentarians, Heads of Diplomatic Missions and Foreign Office Officials.