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International Relations

Though one of the world’s smallest nations, the Republic of the Maldives maintains a strong international presence, raising our voice in support of ideals inherent to the Maldivian nation. Among our key issues is ensuring Climate Change Adaptation, harmonizing Sustainable Development, promoting Human Rights, encouraging Democratic Development, ensuring Peace and Security, and exploring Commercial and Economic Development

While much of the history of our international engagement has been passive, we believe that it is our responsibility, being a full member of the community of nations, to reach out to the global populous and engage them on issues of dire concern.

With resident diplomatic missions in Colombo, New Delhi, Islamabad, Dhaka, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, New York, Tokyo, Beijing, Riyadh, Abu Dhabi, London, Geneva, and the European Union the Government of the Maldives also maintains non-resident accreditation to a number of countries including Nepal, Bhutan, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Germany, Spain, France, Palestine, Italy, Australia, and others. With this out reach, the Foreign Service of the Maldives has become truly international in its outlook. Driven by the fundamental goal of fostering warm and close relations with the international community, in pursuit of friendship, understanding and co-operation, it serves to communicate the interests and aspirations of the people of the Maldives.

Foreign Policy of the Maldives

Vision - To strive to make Maldivians proud by making the country a resilient nation

Mission - To increase opportunities for the economic advancement of Maldivians and to promote the national interests of the Maldives through innovative approaches

Foreign Policy Principles:

  1. Sovereign equality of States in accordance with international law
  2. A rule-based and inclusive international system
  3. Non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries
  4. The supremacy of diplomacy in managing and resolving global problems
  5. Friendship with all countries based on mutual respect

Foreign Policy Goals

  1. Enhance the security and national sovereignty of the Maldives through increased bilateral and multilateral engagement
  2. Protect the Islamic identity of the Maldives and help to promote the values of Islam internationallyI
  3. ncrease the economic resilience of the MaldivesPromote greater regional cooperation in South Asia
  4. Provide quality consular services for MaldiviansPromote efficiency and professionalism in the service

History of Maldives Foreign Policy

The Maldives has remained an autonomous nation throughout its recorded history, save for a brief spell of Portuguese occupation in the mid-16th century.  From 1887 to 1965, the country was a British Protectorate which retained full internal sovereignty. At independence in 1965, the Maldives made its first true step into the community of nations by joining the United Nations.

Since 1978, the Maldives has followed a policy of international engagement, intensifying links with donor institutions and countries, even joining the Commonwealth in 1982.

A founder member of SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation), the Maldives is also a member of the World Trade Organization and the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency. It is also party to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty as well as numerous conventions on the protection of environment, the suppression of terrorism and on the promotion of human rights.

In the transition towards a liberal democracy, the Maldives has successfully established dialogue and collaboration with the international human rights organizations, such as Amnesty International and the International Committee of the Red Cross, and acceded to numerous human rights instruments such as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR).

During the same period, the country has also intensified links with the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and joined the Inter-Parliamentary Union.

With resident diplomatic missions in Colombo, New Delhi, Islamabad, Dhaka, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, New York, Tokyo, Beijing, Riyadh, Abu Dhabi, London, Geneva, and the European Union as well as non-resident accreditation to a number of countries including Nepal, Bhutan, Spain, France, Palestine, Italy, Australia, and others; the Foreign Service of the Maldives has become truly international in its outlook. Driven by the fundamental goal of fostering warm and close relations with the international community, in pursuit of friendship, understanding and co-operation, it serves to communicate the interests and aspirations of the people of the Maldives.

Key issues of interest include advancing national development, supporting international peace and security, including the protection of the environment and the promotion of human rights, and upholding the purposes and principles enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations.

International Organisation Participation

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.

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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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