1 February 2017, Nepal

Under the Chairmanship of Nepal, the Fifty-third Session of the SAARC Programming Committee has commenced today.

The two-day meeting will consider and make recommendations on matters related to Regional Centres and Specialized Bodies of SAARC such as the South Asian University, the SAARC Development Fund, SAARC Arbitration Council and the South Asian

Standardization Organisation. The Committee will also deliberate on matters related to important areas of cooperation such as agriculture, rural development, terrorism, narcotic drugs, social affairs, information and media.

The delegation of the Maldives to the Programming Committee is headed by Ms. Aishath Azeema, Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Ms. Aishath Azeema is accompanied by Mr. Ismail Mamdhooh, Assistant Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

31 January 2017, New Delhi

Ambassador H.E. Ahmed Mohamed met with the children representatives from all across India preparing for the United Nations Human Rights Council’s 27th Session of the Universal Period Review scheduled for May 2017.



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30 January 2017, Male’ – Statement from Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Maldives

The Government of Maldives does not agree with the Opinion formulated on 20 January 2017, and published on 26 January, by the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) on the Submission made by the Col (Rtd) Mohamed Nazim. Col (Rtd) Nazim was sentenced on 26 March 2015 by the Criminal Court for 11 years imprisonment for illegal possession of firearms.

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Male’, 22 December 2016

Today marks the 84th anniversary of the establishment of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. On 22 December 1932, the then Sultan of the Maldives appointed the Al Ameer Hassan Fareed Didi as the country’s first Foreign Minister (Wazeerul Kharijiyya). Since then, the Foreign Ministry has undergone numerous structural and name changes. The institutional name was last changed to Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 10 November 1982. The current Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Dr. Mohamed Asim was appointed on 13 July 2016.

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3 November 2016, New Delhi

Minister Hon Adam Shareef and delegation along with Ambassador H.E. Ahmed Mohamed at IGIA on 3 November.

Maldives Minister of Defence and National Security Hon, Adam Shareef arrived in New Delhi on 3 November 2016 to participate in the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction 2016 being held from 2-5 November 2016 in New Delhi, India.

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