Ambassador of Japan to the Maldives, H.E. Keiko Yanai, paid a courtesy call on Vice President Faisal Naseem. The meeting was held this morning, at the President’s Office.

During the call, the Vice President acknowledged and extended deep appreciation for Japan’s generous support and assistance provided to the Maldives over the years. The Vice President also expressed interest to promote the Maldivian tourism industry in Japan. 

The Ambassador and Vice President discussed ways of enhancing cooperation between the Maldives and Japan on a range of bilateral issues, placing special emphasis on the areas of trade, education, sports and health. 

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The Non-Resident Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the Republic of Maldives, His Excellency Dr. Ashraf Shikhaliyev, paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency Abdulla Shahid this morning.

At the meeting held in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Minister Shahid and Ambassador Ashraf discussed ways to reinforce the existing close bilateral relations between the two countries and cooperation at the multinational front.

Foreign Minister Shahid was accompanied by Ms. Lauza Ali, Director at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

A high-level delegation of the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation, including Executive Director of World Bank for Maldives Mr. Merza Hussain Hassan, the World Bank Vice President for South Asia, Mr. Hartwig Schafaer and Ms. Nena Stoiljkovic, IFC Vice President for Asia and Pacific paid a courtesy call on His Excellency President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, this evening at the President’s Office.

During the call, President Solih welcomed the delegation to the Maldives and highlighted that this year marks the 41st anniversary of the establishment of engagement between the Maldives and the World Bank.

Speaking during the meeting, President Solih acknowledged and extended deep appreciation for the generous support and assistance provided to the Maldives over the years. The President noted that the Maldives faces a myriad of challenges. He emphasized that the Government is committed to overhaul public finance management, asset recovery and infrastructure development in the Maldives. The President further highlighted on prioritization of decentralization to achieve overall national development felt on all levels of the society.

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The Non-Resident Ambassador of Cuba to the Maldives, Her Excellency, Juana Elena Ramos Rodríguez, paid a courtesy call on His Excellency President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, this afternoon at the President’s Office.

President Solih welcomed the Ambassador to the Maldives, and remarked on some of the shared challenges faced by both Maldives and Cuba, especially with regard to the dangers emanating from climate change.

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The newly appointed Ambassador of Italy to the Maldives, Her Excellency, Ms. Rita Giuliana Mannella presented her credentials to President Ibrahim Solih, during a formal ceremony held to mark the occasion at the President’s Office this afternoon.

Subsequent to the formalities, President Solih welcomed the Ambassador to the Maldives and congratulated her on her appointment.

President Solih noted that the Maldives deeply values the longstanding and friendly relations between Italy and the Maldives and remarked on the large number of Italian tourists who have continued to visit the Maldives for many years. The President further remarked that an increasing number of Maldivians have been visiting Italy in recent years, owing to the allure of Italy’s rich heritage and welcoming culture.

The President and Ambassador further discussed strengthening cooperation between the two countries, on areas such as tourism cooperation and environmental responsibility. Both expressed their mutual positive acknowledgement of the renewal of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Government and the University of Milano-Bicocca, and hoped for increased cooperation on marine research and climate change issues.

Concluding the call, Ambassador Manella expressed Her Excellency’s sense of privilege to be able to represent Italy to the Maldives, and emphasized her commitment to building on the friendly cooperation that have always marked our relations with Italy.