President sends message of sympathy to the President and the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka

28 May 2017, Male' President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has sent messages of sympathy to His Excellency Maithripala Sirisena, President of Sri Lanka and Prime Minister His Excellency Ranil Wickremasinghe, on the devastating flooding and landslides in Sri Lanka. The President’s message to President Sirisena reads as follows: “I am deeply saddened to hear the news of the devastating flooding and landslides, causing to the loss of lives, displacement of countless people and extensive damage to property and crucial infrastructure.” “At this time of national distress, the Government and the people of the Maldives join me in extending our profound sympathy to Your Excellency, the Government and the friendly people of Sri Lanka, particularly to the bereaved families. Our thoughts and prayers are also ... Read More

“Our partnership with the European Union is one that we greatly value” says Minister Asim

23 May 2017, Male'; The Third Policy Dialogue between the Government of Maldives and the European Union (EU) was held this afternoon at Bandos Maldives. While speaking at the Dialogue Minister of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Asim, said that the partnership with the European Union is one that is greatly valued by the Maldives. Minister Asim thanked the EU and its member countries for the assistance and support it provides to the Maldives in multiple areas, including its contribution to the Maldives climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts, the ongoing assistance to strengthen the justice sector and for the close cooperation and support in the area of countering terrorism and violent extremism. Minister Asim also added that the Maldives-EU ... Read More

Maldives to host the Third Maldives-EU Policy Dialogue

22 May 2017, Male'; The Government of the Maldives will host the Third Maldives-EU Policy Dialogue tomorrow. The Maldives-EU Policy Dialogue is an initiative taken by the Government of Maldives in 2015 to strengthen the existing ties of friendship and cooperation between the Maldives and the European Union. This year, nine Ambassadors and Heads of Missions from EU member countries will participate in the Dialogue. The EU Delegation will be led by H.E. Mr. Tung-Lai Margue, Ambassador of the European Union to the Maldives. The Maldives Delegation will be led by H.E. Dr. Mohamed Asim, Minister of Foreign Affairs. This year’s Dialogue will cover the following thematic areas; human rights, democracy consolidation and strengthening of the justice sector, combating terrorism, radicalisation, safety of ... Read More

Foreign Minister Asim attended Sri Lankan Cultural Event

11 February 2017, Male’ Minister of Foreign Affairs of Maldives, His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Asim attended the Cultural Event hosted last night by the Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Maldives, Major General (Rtd.) A. B. Thoradeniya, as the Chief Guest. The Cultural event which was held in Male’ Alimas Carnival was to mark the 69th Anniversary of the Independence of Sri Lanka. While addressing the audience as the Chief Guest of the event, Minister Asim said that the Maldives will always remain a reliable friend, and a partner of Sri Lanka, and its people. Furthermore, Minister mentioned that Sri Lanka’s independence and its strive for economic and social progress have always inspired Maldivians. He also stressed that it was no coincidence ... Read More

Third Session of the Maldives – Sri Lanka Joint Commission concludes today

09 February 2017, Male’ The Third Session of the Maldives – Sri Lanka Joint Commission was held this morning at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Asim, Minister of Foreign Affairs led the Maldivian delegation, and Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka led the Sri Lankan delegation. During the Session both Foreign Ministers deliberated on a wide range of issues of mutual importance to both countries. Particular emphasis was given to further enhancing economic cooperation, cooperation on education, tourism, fisheries and health cooperation and cooperation in the area of social protection and legal and law enforcement. Discussions also ensued on consular and community issues, human resource development and cooperation between the two Foreign Ministries. ... Read More

The Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka pays a Courtesy Call on the President

09 February 2017, Male', The Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka, Honourable Mangala Samaraweera paid a courtesy call on President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, this afternoon, at the President’s Office. The President welcomed the Minister to the Maldives and conveyed his greetings and good wishes to the President of Sri Lanka. During the call, the President highlighted the excellent relations between the Maldives and Sri Lanka, and stated that the Maldives attaches high importance to Sri Lanka, as it is one of the closest partners of the Maldives. Furthermore, the President also noted that there is high potential for greater cooperation in the fields of health and education. The Minister conveyed his gratitude for the collaborative environment the Maldives has always offered and commended the ... Read More

Foreign Minister Asim meets with the Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka

09 February 2017, Male’ Minister of Foreign Affairs H.E. Dr. Mohamed Asim has met with Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka, this morning. During the meeting, held at the Ministry, discussions between the two Ministers focused on ways of further strengthening and enhancing the strong bonds of friendship and cooperation between the two countries. Minister Asim highlighted the importance of regular consultations between the two countries and expressed appreciation to the Government of Sri Lanka, for their continued support to the Maldives. Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, is on a two-day official visit to the Maldives, for the Third Session of the Joint Commission between the Maldives and Sri Lanka. ENDS. Read More

Meeting of the Senior Officials of the Third Session of the Maldives – Sri Lanka Joint Commission

08 February 2017, Male' The Meeting of the Senior Officials of the Third Session of the Maldives – Sri Lanka Joint Commission was held this morning, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. His Excellency Ahmed Khaleel, Secretary, Bilateral led the Maldivian delegation, and Mr. Ranjith Uyangoda, Additional Secretary, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka led the Sri Lankan delegation. During the consultation, both sides deliberated on several bilateral issues of importance to both countries, including trade and economic cooperation, education and social protection, culture and tourism, fisheries and health cooperation. Discussions also ensued on consular and community issues, human resource development and cooperation between the two Foreign Ministries. The Ministerial segment of the Third Session of the Maldives - Sri ... Read More

Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka arrives in the Maldives

8 February 2017, Male' The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka, Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, has arrived on an official visit to the Maldives this morning. The Minister was received at the Velana International Airport by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Asim. The Minister of Foreign Affairs is visiting the Maldives upon the invitation of Foreign Minister Asim, to lead the Sri Lankan Delegation at the Third Session of the Maldives - Sri Lanka Joint Commission, scheduled to be held on 09 February 2017. During this visit, the Sri Lankan Foreign Minister will be meeting Minister Asim and also paying a courtesy call on the President of Maldives, His Excellency Mr. Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom. The Maldives – Sri Lanka ... Read More

Minister of Foreign Affairs to host the Third Meeting of the Maldives – Sri Lanka Joint Commission

06 February 2017, Male’ The Third Meeting of the Maldives – Sri Lanka Joint Commission is scheduled to be held from 8 – 9 February 2017 in Male’. The Minister of Foreign Affairs His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Asim will lead the Maldivian delegation and the Minister of Foreign Affairs Honourable Mangala Samaraweera will lead the Sri Lankan delegation. The Maldives – Sri Lanka Joint Commission was established in 1984 with the primary aim of improving bilateral relations in all spheres. The First Session of the Joint Commission was held in 2006 and this Session will be an opportunity for the Maldives and Sri Lanka to further strengthen their partnership. An Agreed Minutes will be signed to conclude the Joint Commission meeting at the ... Read More