Embassy News

    4 May 2016, London; The Deputy High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Mr. Hassan Shifau met with Lord Northbrook earlier this month.

    Mr. Hassan Shifau took the opportunity to express his gratitude for Lord Northbrook’s ongoing support for the Maldives, especially as Lord Northbrook has recently become a member of the All-Party British Maldives Parliamentary Group (APPG).

    During the meeting Mr. Hassan Shifau briefed Lord Northbrook about current political developments in the Republic of Maldives, which were greatly appreciated by Lord Northbrook. Discussions also touched upon progress in other Maldivian sectors, including but not limited to, the economy and the tourism industry.

    11 February 2016, London, UK; A ministerial delegation led by Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Maldives, H.E. Ms Dunya Maumoon, and comprising Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture Dr Mohamed Shainee, and Attorney-General Uz Mohamed Anil and Chief Communications Officer at the President's office, Mr Ali Khalid, have today met with the Commonwealth Secretary General, H.E. Mr Kamalesh Sharma.

    During the meeting, held at the Commonwealth Secretariat, the Ministers briefed the Secretary-General on recent political developments including former President Nasheed’s medical leave in London.

    Discussions between the Ministers and Secretary-General also focused on the recent visit to the Maldives by a delegation of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG). This visit saw the Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Guyana and Vice-Chair of CMAG, HE Mr Carl Greenidge; Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs and International Trade for Kenya, HE Dr. Amina Mohamed; and Foreign Secretary of the Republic of India, HE Dr. S Jaishankar, travel to the Maldives earlier this month.

    The Ministers and Secretary General agreed that the recent visit of the CMAG delegation reaffirmed the value of close partnership and collaboration between the Commonwealth Secretariat and member states.

    The Ministers were joined by accompanied by recently appointed High Commissioner to the UK, Mr Ahmed Shiaan, and Deputy High Commissioner Mr Hassan Shifau. The Deputy Secretary General (Political), Dr Josephine Ojiambo and a number of other Commonwealth officials were also in attendance.



    In a month that marks the second anniversary of President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom's election to office, the High Commission of the Republic of Maldives to the United Kingdom has released a document highlighting the foreign policy achievements of the Maldives during his Presidency thus far.

    On the release of this summary document High Commissioner to the UK, H.E. Mr Ahmed Shiaan, remarked:

    "We've made remarkable achievements in our foreign policy over the past two years. Not only have we increased our bilateral and multilateral ties, and continued to provide quality consular services to Maldives, but also we continue to punch above our weight on climate change issues. Having been elected as Chair of AOSIS a year ago, we head into COP21 leading the voice of Small Island Developing States"

    Speaking at a press conference held on 17 November 2015, to mark the 2nd Anniversary of His Excellency President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom’s Government, Minster of Foreign Affairs, Ms Dunya Maumoon, noted that the Maldives has been able to weather the storms that it encounters by holding onto a robust foreign policy that rests on Islamic principles of tolerance and respect together with diplomacy and engagement. She stated that the strategic steps taken by the government when the country’s self-determination is threatened have ensured that the Maldives has and will continue to hold a strong position in the international community.

    Meanwhile in the UK, the High Commission has further strengthened ties with friends of the Maldives in UK Parliament and the London diplomatic corps, and continued to support the many Maldivians that come to visit and study in the UK. Indeed, the High Commission played an important role in marking the 50th Anniversary of the Independence of the Maldives, by organising a diplomatic reception, hosted by Minister Dunya, for  political and business leaders in September. Leading British peer, The Rt Hon Baroness Warsi, attended as Guest of Honour.

    Additionally, the High Commission has continued to promote tourism and stoke interest in the Maldives amongst the British public, most notably through a boduberu music and dance performance on London's cultural hub, the Southbank, in August.

    The full overview of the foreign policy achievements of the Maldives and the High Commission, under President Yameen's presidency can be viewed here on the High Commission Website.

    20 November, London; Maldivian Photographer Mr Ibrahim Ushafath will be showcasing his photos of Team Maldives at the 9th Indian Ocean Island Games in the London School of Photography Exhibition being held between 21st-26th November at Blackall Studios in East London.

    During the Indian Ocean Island Games held in August in St Denis, Reunion, Mr Ushafath worked with the Maldives Olympic Committee to record Team Maldives' experiences and successes. Team Maldives were the surprise package of the Games, bringing home a record haul of nine medals. Mr Ushafath captured many of these crucial moments of success, and now these moments are available for the public to view for the first time.

    Mr Ushafath's photostory of Team Maldives is available to view as part of the London School of Photography Exhibition, being held at Blackall Studios in Shoreditch from 21st to 26th November 2015:

    Blackall Studios
    73 Leonard Street
    EC2A 4QS

    Opening Times: 11am-6pm

    For more information about the London School of Photography Exhibition, please visit the exhibition website.

    For more information about Ibrahim Ushafath and his work, please visit his http://www.ushaphotography.com/.

    Maldivian cultural performances were held at the Observation point of South Bank, London on Sunday, 16 August. The event was organised as a collaborative effort of Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation and the High Commission of Maldives to promote Maldives tourism and culture in the UK. This highly entertaining items performed by popular ‘Harubee boduberu’ band and dancers of ‘Theatre Mirage’ captured the attention of thousands of visitors. In addition to promoting tourism, the event was aimed at creating greater people to people contact. This year Maldives is celebrating its 50th year of Independence as well. 

    The UK’s annual temporary visa service in the Maldives will operate on 26 August 2015 from 9:00 to 17:15.

    Customers will be able to apply for their UK visas at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Male'. Applicants using the temporary Visa Application Centre (VAC) will need to pay a fee of £170 on top of the cost of the visa. The fee must be paid in advance via the VFS Global shopping cart.

    The Temporary VAC address is:

    Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
    1st Floor Bodu Thakurufaanu Magu, 
    Male', 20077 Maldives

    Customers will be able to apply for visas on all routes and UKVI will continue to work to their 15 working day customer service standard for non-settlement cases.

    Applicants using the temporary VAC will follow the normal application process by submitting their forms, paying for their visas and booking their appointments online via the visa4uk website. Their documents will then be returned to them via courier post.

    Customers are to note that this is an optional service and customers in Maldives are free to travel to the nearest free to use visa application centre. Customers requiring advice on their application should contact the International Enquiry Service

    Further information on where to find the VAC and frequently asked questions on the application process can also be found on the VFS Global website

    For more information please see here 

    The Foreign Secretary, H.E Dr Ali Naseer Mohamed has met with the Secretary General of the Commonwealth, H.E Mr. Kamalesh Sharma. The meeting was held today at the Commonwealth Secretariat in London.

    During the meeting the Foreign Secretary briefed the Secretary General on the recent political developments in the Maldives, including the Prosecutor General’s decision to appeal Former President Nasheed’s conviction.   

    During the meeting, the Secretary General conveyed his best wishes to the Government and people of Maldives on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of Independence.  Mr Sharma also congratulated the Government for the wonderful celebrations that were organised in the Maldives in the last few days.

    Discussions between the Foreign Secretary and the Secretary General  also focused on the recent debate that took place in the People’s Majlis regarding the Maldives’ membership of the Commonwealth. The Secretary General expressed hope that the Maldives would remain a valued and active member of the Commonwealth family.

    The Foreign Secretary was joined by Mr. Hassan Shifau, Acting High Commissioner at the High Commission of Maldives in London. The meeting was also attended by the Deputy Secretary General (Political), Dr Josephine Ojiambo and some members of the Secretariat.

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