Mission Statement

    Heighlights

    H.E. Mr Ahmed Zaki (20th March 1996 – 15th November 1996)

    H.E. Mr Ahmed Zaki became the first High Commissioner of the Maldives to the United Kingdom when he presented his Letter of Credence to H.M. Queen Elizabeth II on 20th March 1996. High Commissioner Zaki passed away on 15th November 1996 and the High Commissioner’s post remained vacant until the appointment of H.E. Mr Hassan Sobir in 2004.

     

    H.E. Mr Hassan Sobir (24th October 2004 – 26th September 2007)

    H.E. Mr Hassan Sobir was appointed as the High Commissioner of the Maldives to the United Kingdom on 24th October 2004. On 22nd February 2005, High Commissioner Sobir presented his Letter of Credence to H.M. Queen Elizabeth II, and he remained in his post until the completion of his tenure in office on 26th September 2007.

     

    H.E. Dr Mohamed Asim (30th December 2007 – 25th December 2008)

    H.E. Dr Mohamed Asim was appointed as the High Commissioner of the Maldives to the United Kingdom on 31st December 2007, and he presented his Letter of Credence to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on 5th March 2008. High Commissioner Dr Asim relinquished his post and departed London on 25th December 2008.

     

    H.E. Dr Farahanaz Faizal (25th March 2009 – 8th February 2012)

    H.E. Dr Farahanaz Faizal was appointed as the High Commissioner of the Maldives to the United Kingdom on 13th December 2008. She arrived in London to officially assume her duties on 25th March 2009, before presenting her Letter of Credence to H.M. Queen Elizabeth II on 25th March 2009. High Commissioner Dr Faizal was recalled by the Foreign Ministry on 9th February 2012.

    H.E. Mr Ahmed Shiaan is the non-resident Ambassador of Maldives to the United Kingdom, and the current Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium and the European Union.

    Since joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Maldives in 1996, Mr Shiaan has acquired a wealth of experience at the Foreign Ministry and at overseas missions to become one of Maldives’ most seasoned career diplomats. He has not only served at both the London High Commission and the Permanent Mission of Maldives to the United Nations in New York, but also held a range of positions at the Foreign Ministry ranging from Head of Division to Head of Department. He has also been Director of the Foreign Service Institute of Maldives, conducting diplomatic training courses for Maldivian Foreign Service officials, and served on a number of National Committees focusing on the environment, health and security.

    Mr Shiaan has represented his country at a multitude of international meetings and conferences in over 40 countries across 5 continents. He has also coordinated and organised dozens of international meetings, conferences and seminars, including Heads of Government visits to and from Maldives.

    Mr Shiaan holds a Bachelors Degree in Political Science and Economics (Bangalore University, India), a Masters Degree in International Relations (Heidelberg University, Germany), and specialist training in Security Studies (Hawaii, USA). Additionally, he has completed number of training courses in diplomacy, international negotiation, security studies and environmental diplomacy in India, Malaysia, UK, Germany and USA respectively. In addition to his mother tongue Dhivehi, Mr Shiaan is a fluent speaker of English, German, and Hindi. He is married with three children, and is an ardent diver.

    As a resident mission in a key European location, the London Embassy leads the Government of Maldives’ efforts to promote Maldives’ interests in the United Kingdom and Europe, and share an accurate representation of the Maldives with our European partners. Additionally, the Embassy is responsible for providing consular assistance to the many Maldivians that chose to study and reside in the United Kingdom and Northern Europe.

    The Embassy works with a variety of government and non-government stakeholders to strengthen the historic ties and relations between the Maldives and the United Kingdom, and develop deeper relations between the Maldives and our accredited countries in Europe. Furthermore, the Embassy strives to promote greater understanding of the Maldives by facilitating greater personal contact between the people of Maldives and the people of Europe.

    H.E. Mr Maumoon Abdul Gayoom officially opened the High Commission of the Republic of Maldives to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on 27th October 1995. The establishment of a London High Commission with full diplomatic status built upon an existing Maldivian presence in London, the Office of the Government of Maldives Trade Representative.

    H.E. Mr Ahmed Zaki became the first Maldivian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom when he presented his Letter of Credence to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on 20th March 1996. Since then, there have been a further three Maldivian High Commissioners to the United Kingdom, and a number of Acting High Commissioners.

    The London Embassy also became the accredited non-resident Embassy to France in 2010, and Denmark, Finland, Norway, Spain and Sweden in 2011.

    On 13 October 2016 the Republic of Maldives departed from the Commonwealth of Nations and all High Commissions transitioned into Embassies. 

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