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Minister Asim meets with the Pacific Small Island Developing States

24 April 2018, New York, Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Mohamed Asim met with the Permanent Representatives of the Pacific Small Island Developing States today, with a view to facilitate greater dialogue and cooperation with the countries of PSIDS. In this regard, he highlighted the close links between the Maldives and…

Minister Asim meets with the Pacific Small Island Developing States Minister Asim meets with the Pacific Small Island Developing States

Minister Asim met with the Foreign Minister of Turkey

24 April 2018, New York, Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Mohamed Asim has met today with the Foreign Minister of Turkey Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, in New York, on the sidelines of the High Level Meeting on Peace Building and Sustaining Peace, hosted by the President of the General Assembly. Both Ministers…

Minister Asim met with the Foreign Minister of Turkey Minister Asim met with the Foreign Minister of Turkey

The Maldives asks the UN to take into account the consequences of climate change and other non-traditional threats, in peacebuilding and sustaining peace

24 April 2018, New York, Speaking at the High Level Meeting on Peace Building and Sustaining Peace, hosted by the President of the General Assembly, Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Mohamed Asim highlighted the changing nature of threats that are leading to instability impacting the peace and endangering security. In particular…

The Maldives asks the UN to take into account the consequences of climate change and other non-traditional threats, in peacebuilding and sustaining peace The Maldives asks the UN to take into account the consequences of climate change and other non-traditional threats, in peacebuilding and sustaining peace

Minister Asim meets with several Permanent Representatives to the United Nations

23 April 2018, New York; Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Mohamed Asim has met today with several Permanent Representatives in New York today, to discuss issues of mutual interest, especially with regard to the United Nations Security Council. The Maldives is campaigning for support in its bid to become a…

Minister Asim meets with several Permanent Representatives to the United Nations Minister Asim meets with several Permanent Representatives to the United Nations

Minister Asim highlights role of UN in making lending environment more hospitable to small States

23 April 2018, New York; Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Mohamed Asim, highlighted the challenges faced in leveraging appropriate sources of financing for SIDS, where domestic resource mobilisation is limited. Speaking at the Ministerial Roundtables at the ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development, the Minister highlighted that full collaboration and…

Minister Asim highlights role of UN in making lending environment more hospitable to small States Minister Asim highlights role of UN in making lending environment more hospitable to small States

The Maldives advocates for a youth inclusive approach in peacebuilding and sustaining peace

23 April 2018; The Maldives has underscored the important role of youth, and called for an inclusive approach in peacebuilding and sustaining peace, which accommodates the concerns of the youth demographic. Speaking at the United Nations Security Council Open Debate on "Youth, Peace and Security", H.E. Dr Mohamed Asim, the…

The Maldives advocates for a youth inclusive approach in peacebuilding and sustaining peace The Maldives advocates for a youth inclusive approach in peacebuilding and sustaining peace

Minister Asim meets with Permanent Representatives in New York

20 April 2018, New York; Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Mohamed Asim has met today with several Permanent Representatives in New York, to discuss issues of mutual interest, especially with regard to the United Nations Security Council. The Maldives is campaigning for support in its bid to become a member…

Maldives and Côte D'Ivoire establish diplomatic relations

(13 April, New York) The Republic of Maldives and the Republic of Côte D'Ivoire have formally established diplomatic relations today. The Joint Communiqué formalising diplomatic relations between the two countries was signed on behalf of the Government of Maldives by His Excellency Dr. Ali Naseer Mohamed, Permanent Representative of the…

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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
   

The Maldives

Thursday, 16 September 2010 03:25

PalmBest known for our turquoise waters, white sandy beaches and a thriving tourism industry, the Republic of Maldives is a nation founded by a history of international engagement – from the Silk Road in days of old to more recent regional engagement, to now taking the lead in the global fight to mitigate climate change. We are a small nation with a large voice, dedicated to principles that would take the world forward, progressing in friendship and peace.

The Republic of the Maldives, or the “pearls of the Indian Ocean” as it is popularly know, is a collection of 1,190 coral reef islands situated in the Indian Ocean to the south west of Sri Lanka. The 1,190 islands form an archipelago of 26 major atolls (groups of neighbouring coral islands) stretching 820 km north to south and 120 km east to west.

Only 200 islands are inhabited, with 44 adapted as exclusive holiday resort islands. The country’s 2006 (preliminary) population census shows a total population of 298,842. Over one third of this total reside in the capital Male.

The Maldives is a friendly country with idyllic scenery and a rich culture. The different links on the left provide a short introduction to the country’s history, geography, economy, environment, health and education systems, and participation in international organisations and conventions.

However, the best way to discover the country is to come and visit!

 

   

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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.

Launch Site