EMBASSY NEWS

22 October 2019, Ref: 2019-834

His Excellency President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and First Lady Fazna Ahmed have attended the official enthronement ceremony of His Imperial Majesty Emperor Naruhito, who ascended to Japan’s Chrysanthemum throne earlier this year following the abdication of his father, Emperor Akihito. 

Multitudes of heads of states and officials were in attendance at the Enthronement Ceremony alongside President Solih and the First Lady, including Prince Charles, the heir apparent to the British throne, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yeon. Heads of state and other dignitaries from more than 170 countries were present at this ceremony celebrating the beginning of the New Emperor’s rule. 

A change in the monarch of the imperial throne of Japan is a rare and special occasion, with the previous Emperor having been crowned on 7th January 1989. The Maldives was present at Emperor Akihito’s enthronement ceremony as well, with then-incumbent President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom attending the ceremony. 

The President is currently on an official visit to Japan on the invitation of the Japanese Government to advance the bilateral relations and development cooperation between the two countries. 

Source: The President's Office

21 October 2019, Ref: 2019-833

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and First Lady Fazna Ahmed have attended a special reception in Tokyo for the Maldivian community in Japan. The reception was hosted by the Embassy of the Republic of Maldives in Japan and upon arrival, the President and First Lady were welcomed by the Ambassador of Maldives to Japan, Ibrahim Uvais.

Addressing the Maldivian Community during the reception, President Solih said that Japan has long been a noteworthy international ally and partner to the Maldives and that the Maldives and its people are thankful to the government and the people of Japan for the continued assistance in different areas of development. He highlighted that Maldivians residing in Japan play a vital role in further boosting ties between the two nations. The President also noted that Japan continues to provide assistance to the Maldives in several crucial areas such as the education sector and climate resilience.

Speaking further, President Solih highlighted the close relations that have flourished for decades between the Maldives and Japan. President Solih noted that key objectives for his trip to Japan are to bolster those ties with the long-term partner and close ally, pursue developmental aid and assist Maldivians living in the country.

President Solih also said that the government has not halted the pursuit to restore harmony within the country, and added that every effort by his administration from day one resonates the need for restoring solidarity throughout the nation. President Solih urged all Maldivians to express themselves peacefully and to promote unity amongst the community.

Following his address, the President also met and interacted with the members of the Maldivian Community present at the reception.

Source: The President's Office

21 October 2019, Ref: 2019-831

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has visited Odawara City and met with Kenichi Kato, the Mayor of the city, as part of his ongoing visit to Japan. The President is in Japan on an official visit to attend the official enthronement of the Japanese Emperor Naruhito, who ascended to the Chrysanthemum throne earlier this year, following the abdication of Emperor Akihito. 

During the meeting, President Solih and Mayor Kenichi discussed ways to learn from each other in various areas. President Solih expressed his hope to further extend the close relations between the two countries at national and provincial levels, and share best practices among the local governments. 

Speaking further, President Solih conveyed his sincere sympathies to the Mayor and the people of Odawara who were affected by Typhoon Hagibis. He further commended the Japanese Government for its swift action to recover from the damage. 

While Japan hosts the 2020 Summer Olympics, Odawara City will host the Maldivian athletes competing in the games during the pre-game training and the event. The athletes will train at the Shiroyama Athletic Field in Odawara City—first built in 1955—with eight tracks, five throwing event areas and 12 jumping event areas for Olympic sports. 

The Mayor expressed his confidence that Odawara will extend every support necessary to the Maldivian athletes during their training. Odawara is the economic and cultural hub of the southern Kantō region, and while it is the host city to the Maldivian athletes, the town’s residents will also be the cheering squad for the various events participated by the Maldivian teams. 

Following the meeting, the President also attended a lunch hosted by Mayor Kenichi, and visited the Shiroyama Athletic Field and the Suzuhiro Kamaboko (Fish Cake) Factory. Established in 1865, the Suzuhiro Kamaboko now specialises in processing kamaboko—a Japanese processed seafood product made from pounded white fish—with a strong commitment to sustainability, conservation and innovation. 

Source:The President's Office

21 October 2019, Ref: 2019-830

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has met with Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, at a summit meeting held in Tokyo. The meeting took place as part of the President’s ongoing Official Visit to Japan.

The two leaders conversed on how best to forward bilateral relations between Maldives and Japan by building on the fruitful history of constructive engagement between the two countries. Japan continues to be one of the single largest aid donors to the Maldives, helping the country progress in infrastructural development and virtually all socio-economic spheres: from health to education, to climate-resilience and environmental conservation. Alongside the Maldives’ own national development efforts, Japanese aid was crucial in bolstering the Maldives’ successful graduation from Least Developed Countries (LDCs) to Middle-Income Countries (MICs) status in 2011. During the meeting, the President extended his heartfelt gratitude to Japan’s government and people for all that it has done for the Maldives over the years.

As President Solih’s administration seeks to realize an ambitious development agenda at home, entailing: a shift to a decentralized governance framework and a transformed economy that will benefit all citizens equitably, the Maldives is once again in need of the help of our international partners. Accordingly, discussions centred around how future engagement between the two countries can complement President Solih’s domestic initiatives, availing Japanese technical assistance and entrepreneurship in areas such as governance, infrastructural development, and fiscal policy. Further, the discussions touched on increasing the number of Japanese tourists to the Maldives, facilitating better air travel between the two countries and enhancing cooperation in the multilateral fora.
The President also conveyed his congratulations to Emperor Naruhito for his ascension to the Chrysanthemum Throne, and also relayed his deepest sympathies for those affected by Typhoon Hagibis which devastated the Kantō region of Japan last week.

At the meeting’s conclusion, the President wished Prime Minister Abe well in fulfilling his duties to the Japanese people which the Prime Minister reciprocated in turn, and invited the PM to undertake a visit to the Maldives.

Source: The President's Office