The Government of the Maldives warmly welcomes the announcement by the Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom, Rt. Honourable Jeremy Hunt MP, this afternoon at the House of Commons that the United Kingdom has decided to open a resident diplomatic mission in the Maldives.This decision signifies the importance the United Kingdom attaches to its longstanding ties of friendship and cooperation between the two countries.

The opening of a resident mission by the British Government marks a significant milestone in the relationship between the two countries that would undoubtedly open up enhanced opportunities for education, trade, tourism and investment for both countries.

The Government of Maldives looks forward to working closely with the British Government in the days ahead, in providing all the necessary support in establishing its diplomatic presence in the Maldives.

The Maldives currently hosts seven diplomatic missions. The United Kingdom will be the first European country to establish a resident diplomatic presence in the Maldives.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Maldives