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    The British High Commission has announced today that Maldivian applicants will now be able to apply for their UK visas in Male' for the second consecutive year on Wednesday, 27 August.

    A Visa Application Centre (VAC) will be set up in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and will run from 9:00 hrs to 19:00 hrs. The service will allow applicants, for an additional fee to submit their UK visa application for all visa categories and biometric data in Malé. All applicants must apply for their required Visa, pay the visa fees and book an appointment online by visiting https://www.visa4uk.fco.gov.uk/.

    Appointments can be booked from 6 August until 12 noon on 25 August, 2014. The VAC will not accept the payments of any fee in cash as all payments must be paid online athttp://www.vfsglobal.co.uk/srilanka/user_pay_services.html

    Speaking about the announcement, Foreign Minister Dunya said:

    "We are all extremely pleased that the UK Government has decided to run this service for Maldivian applicants for a second year. This will come as a great relief to Maldivians and in particular Maldivian students, as having a VAC in Malé makes the application process so much easier and more convenient. The Government of Maldives would like to thank the UK Government for making the necessary arrangements for this initiative and looking forward we hope that we will be able to find a permanent solution.”

    Further Information:

    1. The Visa Application Centre is an initiative of the UK Visas and Immigration
    2. Applicants need to apply online and book the appointment for the same. For applying for UK visa please log on to https://www.gov.uk/apply-uk-visa
    3. For booking of appointments please log on to www.gov.uk/apply-uk-visaand for further information on VAC, please visit www.vfsglobal.co.uk/srilanka
    4. The VAC is open to applicants in all visa categories to the UK.

    4 August 2014, London, UK; Acting High Commissioner Ahmed Shiaan has today joined with dignitaries from around the Commonwealth to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War at a commemoration in Glasgow, Scotland.

    British Prime Minister David Cameron, Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond and HRH the Prince of Wales were among the 1400 attendees at the commemoration, which honoured the millions of people from around the Commonwealth who lost their lives in the conflict.

    In honour of the fallen, Acting High Commissioner Shiaan, acting as a Special Envoy of H.E. President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, laid a wreath of poppies on behalf of the People of the Republic of Maldives.

    The Commonwealth commemoration took place the day after the closing ceremony of the 20th Commonwealth Games held in Glasgow, and marks the first of many commemorations in honour of the First World War that will be held over the next four years.

    The 49th 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 Ahmed Shiaan 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.

    The ceremony was attended by High Commission staff.

    12 June 2014, London, UK; Acting High Commissioner Ahmed Shiaan has today attended Ministers’ Day at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, hosted by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in London.

    The Global Summit, co-chaired by British Foreign Secretary, the Rt Hon William Hague MP, and Angelina Jolie, Special Envoy for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, is the largest gathering ever brought together on the topic. Representatives from 123 countries; international organisations such as the UN, Commonwealth and the EU; and civil society organisations were all in attendance. The Summit is being held with a view to creating the irreversible momentum that will generate practical action to combat sexual violence in conflicts around the world.

    The Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict commenced on 10 June 2014, and Mr Shiaan is also due to attend the closing session tomorrow.

    7 April 2014, London; Acting High Commissioner Mr Ahmed Shiaan met with members of the Maldivian Students Association (MSA) on Saturday 5 April 2014, to discuss ways in which the High Commission could further assist Maldivian students based in the UK.

    22 students attended the meeting with the Acting High Commissioner, which accompanied the MSA Extraordinary General Meeting being held at the High Commission. 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. Acting High Commissioner Shiaan also briefed the students on the work of the High Commission, particularly the new mechanisms aimed at helping Maldivians living in the UK.

    Mr Shiaan also took the opportunity to highlight the new features of the High Commission website to the students, including the information for students page, and the interactive ‘Ask the High Commission’ blog which allows users to pose questions directly to the Acting High Commissioner.

    Following the meeting, Acting High Commissioner Shiaan hosted a dinner for the students.

    27 February 2014, London; Mr Ahmed Shiaan, Acting High Commissioner of the Republic of Maldives to the UK, yesterday presented Mr Gaetano Librando, Acting Director of the Legal Office and External Relations Division of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), with the instruments of ratification for the Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Maritime Navigation (SUA) and the related Protocol for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Fixed Platforms Located on the Continental Shelf (SUA PROT).

    The SUA Convention and accompanying SUA Protocol criminalises behaviour that threatens the safety of maritime navigation and offshore fixed platforms (including oil platforms) respectively, and provides states parties the obligation to prosecute or extradite persons who commit such behaviour.

    The instruments of ratification, the formal letters confirming that the Convention and Protocol had been ratified, were signed by H.E. Ms Dunya Maumoon, on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Maldives, on 9 January 2014. In ratifying these treaties the Maldives becomes the 162nd state party to the SUA Convention and the 150th state party to the SUA Protocol.

    Maldives became a member of the IMO in 1967 and has ratified 18 IMO treaties.

    16 December 2013, London; The Minister of Foreign Affairs Her Excellency Ms Dunya Maumoon, has met with the Secretary-General of Commonwealth, His Excellency Mr Kamalesh Sharma in London yesterday.

    At the meeting the Secretary-General congratulated the Government of Maldives for conducting Presidential elections in November successfully and further congratulated the Minister for her appointment to the Cabinet. Foreign Minister Dunya thanked Secretary-General Sharma for the Commonwealth’s engagement during the election process,and in particular thanked Dr Lorenz Gonzi and his electoral observer team.

    Discussions also focused on potential new areas for Maldives-Commonwealth engagement, especially in the socio-economic sector. 

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