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    The 50th Anniversary of the Independence of the Republic of Maldives has been marked with a flag raising ceremony at the High Commission of the Maldives in London.

    At the ceremony, Acting High Commissioner Hassan Shifau, joined by staff at the mission, hoisted the National Flag of the Maldives, and then read out an Independence Day statement on behalf of His Excellency Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, President of the Republic of Maldives.

    This year marks a historic juncture for the Government and people of the Maldives, celebrating the Golden Jubilee of Independence. Such an important milestone has been duly marked with a number of different events taking place in the Maldives and at missions abroad. At a special flag raising ceremony held this morning in Male’, HEP Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom appealed to the people of Maldives to face the challenges of defending their national independence, with patience and courage. The President also reminded people that the safeguarding and maintenance of their independence was actually harder than securing it and explained that Maldives ability to protect its independence stemmed from both Islamic and national values.

    Minister Dunya Maumoon also sent her warmest congratulations to the people of Maldives. Speaking of the occasion, Minister Dunya expressed great pride in the numerous achievements of the Nation since independence in 1965. She explained that it is the duty of all Maldivian citizens to reflect on the sacrifices of their forefathers and reminisce on their vision for the nation of safeguarding independence. Minister Dunya added that the efforts of the last 50 years has put Maldives on the world map, affirming its position as a moderate Islamic country committed to consolidating its young democracy.

    A number of foreign dignitaries including President of Sri Lanka, H.E Maithripala Sirisena and Ms Shen Yueyue, Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of National People's Congress of China have travelled to Male’ to participate in the numerous celebrations taking place to mark the 50th Anniversary.

    The Maldives was a British Protectorate before gaining independence in 1965. 

    08 May 2015, London; The Minister of Foreign Affairs H.E Ms. Dunya Maumoon has today met with the Secretary General of the Commonwealth, H.E Mr. Kamalesh Sharma as part of her visit to the United Kingdom.

    During the meeting the Minister briefed the Secretary General of recent political developments in the Maldives and reaffirmed the Government’s commitment to working closely with the Commonwealth.

    The Minister also informed the Secretary General of the success of Maldives’ recent review under the Universal Periodic Mechanism (UPR). Ms Maumoon highlighted the extraordinary progress Maldives has made on the promotion and protection of human rights and emphasised the Government’s commitment to engaging constructively with international organisations like the Commonwealth to ensure further progress is achieved.

    The Secretary General commended the efforts the government had made in implementing the recommendations of the UPR and expressed the Commonwealth’s appreciation for Maldives commitment to working closely with the Commonwealth.  Both the Secretary General and the minister agreed the importance of ensuring that all concerned work closely to maintain a harmonious political environment.

    The Secretary General was joined by Deputy Secretary General (Political), Dr Josephine Ojiambo and other senior members of Secretariat staff. The Acting High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Mr Hassan Shifau was also in attendance at the meeting.

    7 April 2015, London; Acting High Commissioner Mr Hassan Shifau met with members of the Maldivian Students Association (MSA) on Saturday 4 April 2015 at the MSA Extraordinary General Meeting.

    14 students travelled from all areas of the country to participate in the three daylong event held in Guildford, Surrey. During the meeting a number of topics were discussed including ways in which the High Commission could further assist Maldivian students based in the UK, as well as plans to further strengthen the network of Maldivians living in the UK.

    The meeting was also attended by Ms Aishath Fareena and Ms Aishath Zaifa, Third Secretaries at the High Commission of the Maldives in London. 

    31 March 2015, London; Acting High Commissioner Mr Hassan Shifau has met with some members of the Maldivian Students Association (MSA) today, to discuss the ways in which the High Commission could further assist Maldivian students based in the UK.

    Three students from the MSA's Executive Committee attended the meeting with the Acting High Commissioner, which preceded the MSA’s Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) on 4 April 2015.

    During the meeting a number of topics were discussed including MSA funding, strengthening relations between Maldivians in the UK and the High Commission, and the High Commission’s on-going engagement with the UK Government on student visa applications.

    Mr Shifau also took the opportunity to highlight the importance of ‘Minivan 50’, and expressed his hope that the High Commission and the MSA could collaborate to mark this occasion and promote Maldivian culture in the UK.

    The MSA’s EGM will be held in Guildford, Surrey over the coming weekend, and will be accompanied by a number of recreational activities for the Maldivian students in the UK.

    06 March 2015, London; The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Maldives, Her Excellency Ms Dunya Maumoon, has today met with Minister of State at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, The Rt Hon. Hugo Swire MP.

    During the meeting, the Ministers spoke of the long history of good relations between the Maldives and the UK, and reaffirmed the commitment of their Governments to continuing to strengthen Maldives-UK relations. Foreign Minister Dunya explained that this year was of particular importance as it marked the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. The Minister went on to inform Minister Swire of the on-going preparations being made to celebrate the milestone and expressed her hope that a commemorative event would also take place in the UK.  

    Minister Dunya further took the opportunity to brief Minister Swire on the current political situation in the Maldives. Minister Swire thanked the Minister and expressed hope that the Maldives and the UK would continue to engage constructively on issues of mutual concern.

    Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium and European Union, H.E Mr Ahmed Shiaan and Minister at the High Commission, Mr Hassan Shifau were also in attendance at the meeting held at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London.

    11 October 2014, Manchester; Maldivian students and families together with the High Commission of Maldives in London took part in a friendly game that saw Maldivians from the North of the UK take on the Maldivians in the South of the UK. The match was held in Manchester and saw many students and Maldivian families travel from all over the country to participate in the event.  

    Both teams put on a competitive and spirited display but it was ultimately the South that claimed victory albeit by a narrow margin with the final score finishing 9-7. The High Commission of Maldives sponsored the pitch and trophy.

    The event was a huge success and was enjoyed by players and spectators alike. More than 60 Maldivians attended the event. It is hoped that this will be turned into a regular event and that students from the North will have the opportunity to avenge this narrow defeat in the near future in London.

    02 September 2014, London, UK; Last night, Maldives received a prestigious award at the annual Condé Nast Traveller Reader’s Travel Awards held at the Ham Yard Hotel in London.

    Acting High Commissioner Ahmed Shiaan was in attendance to collect the award in the ‘Favourite Islands Destination’ category, where Maldives saw off competition from the Greek Islands and Sicily for the top award. After accepting the award Acting High Commissioner Shiaan thanked the readers for voting Maldives.

    The Condé Nast Traveller is one of the UK’s leading luxury travel magazines, and its Reader’s Travel Awards, which are voted for by Condé Nast Traveller readers, are some of the most widely respected in the travel industry. Among other notable winners on the night included Italy as favourite country, British Airways for long-haul holiday and Changi, Singapore as best airport.

    Following the Maldives’ win, Minister of Tourism, Hon Ahmed Adeeb remarked: "The United Kingdom is one of our most important markets, and it is gratifying for Maldives to receive such a prestigious prize in the UK. This award is particularly sweet as it was the result of a public vote. The Maldives Marketing & Public Relations Cooperation, with the full support of the Maldives High Commission in London, has done a lot of work to promote the Maldives in the UK, and this award is fitting recognition for this hard work."

    The UK travel market remains buoyant for the Maldives. So far over 51,000 British people have travelled to Maldives in 2014 – this represents an increase of 3.4 percent over the same period last year.

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