EMBASSY NEWS

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Maldives, H.E Dr. Mohamed Asim has sent a message of condolence to H.E. Mr. Taro Kono, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan following the torrential rain, deluges and landslides in Japan.

The Minister’s message reads as follows:

“I am deeply saddened to learn the news of the tragic loss of lives and extensive damage to property and infrastructure caused by the torrential rain, flooding and landslides across Western areas of Japan.
At this time of tragedy, on behalf of the Government and the people of Maldives and that of my own, I wish to extend deepest sympathies and condolences to Your Excellency, the Government and the friendly people of Japan.
I hope that the rescue and recovery operations continue smoothly and pray for strength and fortitude for the Japanese people at this tragic time.”

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Reference to Ministry of Foreign Affairs: http://foreign.gov.mv/index.php/en/

 

 

The new Ambassador of the Republic of Maldives, His Excellency Ibrahim Uvais, has presented his Letter of Credence to the Emperor of Japan, His Majesty Akihito. At a grand ceremony held this morning at the Tokyo Imperial Palace, Ambassador Uvais presented his Letter of Credence and Letter of Recall of his predecessor to His Majesty the Emperor.

Ambassador Ibrahim Uvais was accompanied at the ceremony by Mr. Adam Hamid, First Secretary and Mr. Mohamed Thahseen, Second Secretary at the Maldives’ Embassy in Japan.

The Maldives and Japan established formal diplomatic relations on 14 November 1967. Maldives opened a resident Embassy in Japan on 10 May 2007. The first Maldivian Ambassador to Japan, His Excellency Abdul Hameed Zakariyya presented his credentials on 11 March 2008. He was succeeded by His Excellency Ahmed Khaleel, who presented credentials on 16 February 2010 and His Excellency Mohamed Hussain Shareef, who presented credentials on 14 April 2017. Ambassador Uvais is the fourth Ambassador of the Republic of Maldives to Japan.

President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom was the first Maldivian Head of State and Government to undertake an Official Visit to Tokyo on the invitation of the Japanese Prime Minister Mr. Shinzo Abe. During the visit from 14 to 17 April 2014, President Yameen had met with Emperor Akihito, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and senior officials of the Japanese Government and the National Diet or Parliament.

The Embassy of Japan accredited to Maldives was opened in Male on 1 January 2016. Last year, marked the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries and it was commemorated with bilateral exchanges between the two countries including three meetings of the foreign ministers, the most recent of which was a visit to Tokyo by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dr. Mohamed Asim from June 13 to 15, 2018.

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On his official visit to Japan, this evening the Minister of Foreign Affairs His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Asim and his delegation visited the Tokyo Skytree.

Tokyo Skytree, with a height of 634 meters, was built in 2012 as the primary television and radio broadcasting tower, and is one of the most popular landmarks of Tokyo. It is the tallest structure in Japan and the second tallest in the world at the time of its completion.

Maldives and Japan have been cooperating on establishing Integrated Services Digital Broadcasting Terrestrial (ISDB-T) television network under Japanese grant assistance. The ISDB-T television network is a Japanese standard for the transmission of digital television over air. It will make information more accessible to residents and reduce information disparities among islands. The initiative will also advance speedy communication of emergency warning information for disaster preparedness.

Foreign Minister Dr. Asim was accompanied by H.E. Mr. Ahmed Khaleel, Secretary Bilateral, and H.E. Mr. Ibrahim Uvais, Ambassador-designate of Maldives to Japan, Mr. Ahmed Fazeel, Director, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Maldives, Mr. Adam Hamid, First Secretary and Mr. Mohamed Thahseen, Second Secretary of the Embassy of Maldives in Japan.

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Reference to Ministry of Foreign Affairs: http://foreign.gov.mv/index.php/en/

Under the Japanese Economic and Social Development Cooperation Program, Government of Maldives and Government of Japan signed a grant assistance agreement of JPY300 million for the Health Sector of Maldives.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs H.E. Dr. Mohamed Asim signed the Exchange of Notes on behalf of the Government of Maldives and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan H.E. Mr. Taro Kono signed the Exchange of Notes on behalf of the Government of Japan.

The signing ceremony was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan this morning. At the press conference held after the signing ceremony, Minister Asim thanked the Government of Japan for their generous support and continuous assistance to the Government of Maldives. Both ministers noted the two countries as close friends that share a long-standing friendship based on mutual respect and understanding.

Foreign Minister Dr. Asim was accompanied by H.E. Mr. Ahmed Khaleel, Secretary Bilateral, and H.E. Mr. Ibrahim Uvais, Ambassador-designate of Maldives to Japan, Mr. Ahmed Fazeel, Director, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Maldives, Mr. Adam Hamid, First Secretary and Mr. Mohamed Thahseen, Second Secretary of the Embassy of Maldives in Japan.

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Reference to Ministry of Foreign Affairs: http://foreign.gov.mv/index.php/en/