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New Permanent Representative of Maldives to the United Nations, H.E. Dr. Ali Naseer Mohamed, presents his Letter of Credence to the United Nations Secretary General H E Mr António Guterres

26 July 2017, New York: The new Permanent Representative of the Maldives to the United Nations, His Excellency Dr Ali Naseer Mohamed, has presented his Letter of Credence to the Secretary General of the United Nations, His Excellency Mr. António Guterres, during a ceremony held today at the United Nations…

New Permanent Representative of Maldives to the United Nations, H.E. Dr. Ali Naseer Mohamed, presents his Letter of Credence to the United Nations Secretary General H E  Mr António Guterres New Permanent Representative of Maldives to the United Nations, H.E. Dr. Ali Naseer Mohamed, presents his Letter of Credence to the United Nations Secretary General H E  Mr António Guterres

New Ambassador of Maldives, Dr. Ali Naseer Mohamed, presents Credentials to President Donald Trump

21 July 2017, Washington DC. - The new Ambassador of Maldives to the United States of America, His Excellency Dr. Ali Naseer Mohamed, has presented his Letter of Credence to the President of the United States of America, His Excellency Mr. Donald Trump, during a ceremony that was held today…

New Ambassador of Maldives, Dr. Ali Naseer Mohamed, presents Credentials to President Donald Trump New Ambassador of Maldives, Dr. Ali Naseer Mohamed, presents Credentials to President Donald Trump

Maldives demonstrates the progress achieved in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and reaffirms commitment to the Global Goals

19 July 2017 - The Maldives has presented the country's first Voluntary National Review (VNR) during the High Level Political Forum taking place from 10-19 July 2017 at the United Nations Head Quarters in New York. The VNR, which was presented by His Excellency Mr. Abdullahi Majeed, the Minister of…

The Maldives emphasizes the utility of the High Level Political Forum, in the implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals

18 July 2017 - The Maldives has stated that commencing the Voluntary National Review process for the High Level Political Forum has brought impetus to the challenging task of mainstreaming and implementing the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda domestically. During the national statement delivered at the Forum today, His Excellency Mr.…

The Maldives emphasizes the utility of the High Level Political Forum, in the implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals The Maldives emphasizes the utility of the High Level Political Forum, in the implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals

New Permanent Representative begins work at the Mission

New York, 17 July 2017: The new Permanent Representative of the Maldives to the United Nations, Ambassador Dr Ali Naseer Mohamed has assumed work at the Mission today. Ambassador Mohamed has been in the Maldives Foreign Service since 1985. Before he was appointed Permanent Representative, he was the Foreign Secretary of…

New Permanent Representative begins work at the Mission New Permanent Representative begins work at the Mission

The Maldives engages at the Thematic Reviews of the High Level Political Forum 2017

2017.7.14, New York; At the High Level Political Forum 2017, the Maldives, on behalf of the Alliance for Small Island States (AOSIS), delivered interventions highlighting the priorities and vulnerabilities of Small Island Developing States (SIDS). The Maldives spoke on behalf of AOSIS during the interactive discussions of SDG1 on poverty…

The Maldives engages at the Thematic Reviews of the High Level Political Forum 2017 The Maldives engages at the Thematic Reviews of the High Level Political Forum 2017

Maldives, Chair of AOSIS, underscores the special significance of the ocean to SIDS as custodians of large expanses of ocean

New York, 5 June 2017, The Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture of the Republic of Maldives, H.E. Dr. Mohamed Shainee urged steadfast efforts to care for and restore the health of oceans to achieve the targets of SDG 14 and the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda. Speaking on behalf of…

Maldives, Chair of AOSIS, underscores the special significance of the ocean to SIDS as custodians of large expanses of ocean Maldives, Chair of AOSIS, underscores the special significance of the ocean to SIDS as custodians of large expanses of ocean

"Alliance of Small Island States co-hosts High-Level Dialogue on Oceans and Small Island States on first day of Ocean Conference"

New York, 5 June 2017:  The Maldives, as the Chair of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), co-hosted a High-Level Dialogue on Oceans and Seas with SIDS DOCK and the United Nations Office of The High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries, and Small Island Developing…

Vice President addresses Yale university

Monday, 20 September 2010 13:52

yaleNew York, Sep 20 2010 – Dr. Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik, Vice President of the Republic of Maldives was the keynote speaker at a reception hosted by the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

Dr. Waheed addressed students and leading scholars on the impact of climate change on small island nations. With 80 percent of its islands less than 1 meter high, rapid sea-level rise caused by global warming threatens the very existence of the Maldives.

The Vice President’s speech was accompanied by Vulnerable, a photography exhibition documenting the plight of the fragile coral islands of the Maldives.

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Former Ambassadors

Thursday, 16 September 2010 07:29

Former Permanent Representatives

 

H.E. Mr. Ahmed Hilmy Didi
(1965 - 1966)

H.E. Mr. Abdul Sattar Moosa Didi
(1967 - 1970)



H.E. Mr. Maumoon Abdul Gayoom
(1976 - 1977)

H.E. Mr. Mohamed Musthafa Hussain
(1984 - 1987)



H.E. Mr. Fathulla Jameel
(1977 - 1978)

H.E. Mr Hussain Manikfan
(1988 - 1991)


H.E. Mr. Ahmed Zaki
(1979 -1983, 1993 - 1996)

H.E. Mr. Hussain Shihab
(1998 - 2002)



H.E. Dr. Mohamed Latheef
(2002-2007)

H.E. Mr. Ahmed Khaleel
(2007-2008)


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H.E. Mr. Abdul Ghafoor Mohamed
(2009 - 2012)

 

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                                            H.E. Mr. Ahmed Sareer
                                                      (2012 - 2017)


   

Permanent Representative

Thursday, 16 September 2010 07:22

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H.E. Dr. Ali Naseer Mohamed

Ambassador / Permanent Representative to the United Nations

His Excellency Dr Ali Naseer Mohamed is the Permanent Representative of the Maldives to the United Nations. He assumed work at the Mission on 17 July 2017.

Ambassador Mohamed has been in the Maldives Foreign Service since May 1985, and has held various positions at the Ministry and at Missions overseas. Prior to his appointment as Permanent Representative, Ambassador Mohamed was the Foreign Secretary of the Maldives, a position he held from November 2013 to July 2017.

Among the important positions that Ambassador Mohamed held include Additional Secretary (Policy Planning), Director General (Foreign Relations), Director General (External Resources), and Assistant Director (Research).

Ambassador Mohamed was the main focal point in the Government of Maldives for mobilising and coordinating foreign aid to the Maldives in the aftermath of the 2004 Asian tsunami. He was also among the key officials that coordinated national development planning during the period 2005-2007. Ambassador Mohamed represented the Maldives at various international meetings. He was the head of the Maldives delegation at the 17th Ministerial Conference of the Non-Aligned Movement, and also headed the Maldives Delegation in the last Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting held in Malta in November 2015.

Ambassador Mohamed holds a PhD in Diplomatic Studies from the Australian National University, and a Masters in Diplomatic Studies from the University of Leicester, UK. He is married and has a daughter and a son.

ENDS

   

History

Thursday, 16 September 2010 06:10

The latest archaeological evidence suggests that the Maldives islands were first inhabited in around 1500 BC. It seems likely that the islands were first permanently settled by Aryan immigrants who are also believed to have colonized Sri Lanka at around the same time. Subsequent migrations at regular intervals, from Southern India and Sri Lanka, served to further expand the population of the Maldives.

Documented contact with the outside world began around 947 AD when Arab travellers began visiting the islands. Arab and Persian traders soon began arriving in large numbers, attracted to the Maldives by the abundance of pearls, spices, coconuts, dried fish and, in particular, cowry shells (which were accepted currency from Africa to China until the sixteenth Century). These traders profoundly influenced Maldivian society and culture, with perhaps their most significant impact being in the religious sphere – the Maldives officially converted to Islam in 1153 AD.

After the conversion to Islam, rulers of the Maldives islands came to be called Sultans. King Koimala was renamed Sultan Mohammed-bin-Abdullah and his Maley dynasty ruled the Maldives for 235 years under 26 different Sultans. Maley rule was followed by the Hilali dynasty which held sway for over 170 years under 29 different Sultans. It was during Hilali rule (and in particular the reign of Sultan Kalhu Mohammed) that foreign powers were first invited to the Maldives to establish diplomatic and commercial relations – thus opening up the “pearls of the Indian Ocean” to the outside world.

However, the Maldives was to discover that the interests of foreign powers are rarely benevolent. In the mid-16th Century, Portugal invaded the Maldives and defeated Sultan Ali VI, the last ruler of the Hilali dynasty. Portuguese rule lasted for 15 years until they were eventually defeated by one of the Maldives’ greatest national heroes, Mohammed Thakurufaan. The dynasty established by Mohammed Thakurufaan – the Utheemu dynasty – was to rule the Maldives for the next 127 years (under 12 different Sultans) until the early 18th Century when foreign powers again began to turn covetous eyes on the islands. This time the threat came from the south coast of India from where the Raja of Cannanore dispatched a Malabar raiding party to attack Male. Although Maldivian forces eventually repelled the Malabar forces, the Utheemu dynasty collapsed and was replaced by the Huraage dynasty under the leadership of Ghazi Hassan Izzaddeen (which prevailed until 1968).

After the Malabar attack, the Maldives established diplomatic relations with Sri Lanka – an alliance that continued throughout the latter’s Dutch and then British colonial periods. In 1887, the Maldives became a British Protectorate and remained so until 26 July 1965. On 11th November 1968, the Sultanate was replaced by an independent Republic of Maldives.

   

Facts & Figures

Thursday, 16 September 2010 05:59

Official name: Republic of Maldives (Dhivehi Raajjeyge Jumhooriyyaa)
Government type: Republic
Capital: Male
Independence: 26 July 1965 (from UK protectorate status)
National holiday: Independence Day, 26 July
Population: 407,660 (Cencus 2014)
Religion: Sunni Muslim
Constitution: Ratified 7 August 2008
Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal

 

The Government

Executive Branch: His Excellency Mr. Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, President (since 17 November 2013) – the President is both Head of State and Head of Government (supported by a Cabinet of Ministers)
Elections:

Last Presidential election held in October/November 2013 (President elected for a five year term)

- The next elections are scheduled for 2018 (Date to be determiend by the Elections Commission)

Legislative Branch: Unicameral People’s Majlis (85 members - all elected).
Elections: Last held in 2014 (members elected for five year terms)
Judicial Branch: Supreme Court
   

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Invest Maldives, the government agency entrusted with promoting, licensing and registering foreign investments in the country, is the first port of call for all foreigners keen to invest in the Maldives.

Launch Site

Official website for the Maldives Tourism Board. Your source of information for Maldives resorts, hotels, safari live-aboard and guest houses information and travel agents listing.

Launch Site

The primary role of the Ministry is to foster warm and close relations with the international community and to communicate the interests and aspirations of the people of the Maldives.

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