On March 9, 2017 the Ambassador-Designate of the Republic of Maldives to the Federal Republic of Germany, H.E. Jameela Ali Khalid presented her Letter of Credentials to the German President Joachim Gauck, in an official ceremony with military honors at Schloss Bellevue.
After the ceremony, President congratulated Ambassador Jameela and had conversations stating that he was very happy that the Maldives decided to open an embassy in Germany and this he said will surely strengthen diplomatic relations and co-operation between the two countries. Ambassador Jameela thanked the President for the warm welcome and conveyed greetings from His Excellency President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom and the people of the Maldives. President Gauck also remarked that it was a very historic day as Ambassador Jameela would be his last accredited Ambassador. Ambassador Jameela said that that she is very proud to represent the Maldives in Germany and look forward to serve as the first Maldivian resident Ambassador in Germany.
Ambassador Jameela also highlighted that tourism is the largest economic industry in the Maldives and Germany has always been a key tourism market, with tourist arrivals amongst the highest from Europe and expressed hope that the number of tourists visiting the Maldives will increase in the coming years and new markets will be explored. President Gauck inquired about the fishery industry and Ambassador Jameela responded that it is another of the areas that we need to strengthen. Ambassador Jameela also added that there will be many other areas that she will explore , especially in the areas of youth and sports, health , education and capacity building. She also expressed her profound concern on the need to establish a VFS Office in Male’ to process Schengen Visas for Maldivians travelling to Europe.
The presentation of credentials ceremony was attended by Minister Counsellor, Ms. Shiruzimath Sameer and Second Secretary Hussain Jahhaz of the Maldivian Embassy in Germany.