Maldives Ambassador designated to Sri Lanka Mr. Omar Abdul Razzaq called on Vice President Faisal Naseem, this morning, at the President’s Office. 

The Vice President congratulated the Ambassador on his recent appointment, and expressed his eagerness to work closely with the Ambassador to build on the close and positive ties between Maldives and Sri Lanka.  

The Ambassador reiterated the Vice President’s sentiments regarding strengthening bilateral ties. Further, he noted that he would do his utmost to ensure that some of the issues and challenges faced by Maldivians residing in Sri Lanka, particular with regard to visa facilitation and accessing services, are addressed. He also expressed that he will explore ways of further strengthening the quality of diplomatic and consular services offered by the Maldives’ embassy in Sri Lanka. 

In addition to the aforementioned areas, The Vice President and Ambassador spoke of enhancing cooperation with Sri Lanka on mutual priority areas such as tourism and trade. Concluding the call, the Vice President wished the Ambassador well in his diplomatic endeavors.

Minister of Foreign Affairs His Excellency Mr. Abdulla Shahid has departed on an official visit to the United States of America and, to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Minister Shahid is due to meet senior officials of the United States Government in Washington DC, including from the Department of State and the Department of the Treasury. During the meetings, Minister Shahid will explore further means to enhance bilateral cooperation between the governments of the United States and the Maldives, including ongoing programmes to assist the Maldives in its democratic consolidation.

Minister Shahid will then travel to New York to deliver a statement on behalf of the Maldives at the United Nations Security Council Open-Debate on the topic of “Addressing the impacts of climate-related disasters on international peace and security”. Minister Shahid will also meet with the Secretary-General of the United Nations, His Excellency Mr. António Guterres, and other senior officials of the United Nations.

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His Excellency Harri Kämäräinen, Ambassador of Finland to the Republic of Maldives, called on the Minister of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency Abdulla Shahid, today.

At the meeting held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs this afternoon, the Minister congratulated the Ambassador on his appointment and discussed ways to further strengthen and enhance the existing bilateral relations between the two countries on priority areas such as upholding rule of law, good governance and cooperation in the fields of informational technology, health, education and environment.

Minister Shahid also conveyed the importance the Government attaches to higher education and expressed the government’s interest in establishing contacts with academic institutions in Finland to seek more opportunities for Maldivian students to study in the country. Ambassador Kämäräinen also expressed the Government of Finland’s readiness in working closely with the Government of Maldives to assist in the priority areas of the Maldives.

Minister Shahid was accompanied by Ms. Aishath Zeeshan Zuhuree, Senior Desk Officer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. His Excellency Ambassador Harri Kämäräinen was accompanied by Mr. Abdulla Saeed, Honorary Consul of Finland to the Maldives.

The Ambassador of the United Kingdom to the Republic of Maldives, His Excellency James Dauris paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency Abdulla Shahid, this morning.

During the meeting held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Minister Shahid and Ambassador Dauris discussed issues of bilateral significance and focused on ways to reinforce the longstanding bilateral relations between both countries.

Minister Shahid further expressed Government’s decision to rejoin the Commonwealth and its readiness to play an active role to contribute to and benefit from the Commonwealth. Minister Shahid assured that the Maldives will continue working with the United Kingdom on key areas such as climate change and education.

Minister Shahid was accompanied by the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, His Excellency Ahmed Khaleel and Ms. Shiuneen Rasheed, Director at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Ambassador Dauris was accompanied by Mr. Fergus Auld, Head of South Asia Department at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has appointed Mr. Ahmed Latheef as Ambassador of the Republic of Maldives to the Federal Republic of Germany and Mr. Omar Abdul Razzak as the Ambassador to the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and presented them with the letter of credence at a ceremony held at the President’s Office this afternoon.

The newly appointed Ambassador of the Republic of Maldives to the Federal Republic of Germany, Mr. Ahmed Latheef began his Foreign Service career in 1981 and served at different posts in the area of bilateral and multilateral cooperation. In this regard, Mr. Ahmed Latheef served as the first Ambassador of the Republic of Maldives to the Republic of China in 2007 and held tenure for 5 consecutive years. The last post he served before the ambassadorship was as the Director General of Transition appointed by the President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.

The Ambassador to the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka Mr. Omar Abdul Razzak completed Masters of Business Administration (International) from Edith Cowen University of Australia. Previous work experience of Mr. Omar Abdul Razzak includes the post of Minister of States for Home Affairs, Project Monitoring at the Ministry of Finance and Treasury where he was responsible for monitoring the development of all projects in the country funded through external sources and as the Shadow Foreign Secretary of Maldives United Opposition. He is currently also a member of the Joint Opposition Foreign Relations Committee.