June 15, 2018

Minister of Foreign Affairs H.E. Dr. Mohamed Asim meets Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan, H.E. Mr. Taro Kano this morning. This is the third time that both Ministers have met since November 2017.

During the meeting, Minister Asim and Minister Kono, discussed areas and avenues of cooperation to enhance the Maldives-Japan bilateral relationship. Both ministers discussed on expanding and advancing bilateral cooperation in a wide range of fields including environment, climate change, disaster prevention, tourism and health care. The importance of the maritime security under the Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy was also among the issues discussed during the meeting.

Both ministers also exchanged views on the US-DPRK summit held in Singapore on June 12, and recognized the importance of the swift implementation of the agreements reached in order to realize comprehensive peace, stability and progress in the Korean peninsular. Further, both ministers expressed hope that the Summit would lead to an early resolution of the abductions issue.

Before the meeting both minsters attended a signing ceremony held to Exchange Notes to provide a Grant Assistance of JPY300 million for the Health Sector of Maldives, under the Japanese Economic and Social Development Cooperation Program.

During the meeting Foreign Minister Dr. Asim was accompanied by Mr. Ahmed Khaleel, Secretary Bilateral, and Mr. Ibrahim Uvais, Ambassador-designate of Maldives to Japan, Mr. Ahmed Fazeel, Director, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Maldives, Mr. Adam Hamid, First Secretary and Mr. Mohamed Thahseen, Second Secretary of the Embassy of Maldives in Japan.