His Excellency Kentaro Sonoura, Adviser to the Prime Minister of Japan, who is on a one-day official visit to the Maldives, called on His Excellency Abdulla Shahid, Minister of Foreign Affairs, this morning.  

During the meeting, Minister Shahid noted that since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1967, Maldives and Japan have enjoyed a dynamic relationship, anchored on mutual trust, understanding and respect, and that Mr. Sonoura’s visit to the Maldives so early in the administration of President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih signifies the importance that Japan attaches to furthering its relationship with the Maldives. Minister Shahid further expressed hope that this visit is the beginning of more high level exchange of visits between the two countries in the months to come.

The Special Advisor highlighted the importance that the Government of Japan attaches to furthering its relationship with the Maldives, especially in terms of assisting the Maldives in its socio-economic development.

Both the Foreign Minister and the Special Advisor agreed on the  importance of a free and open Indo-Pacific region and hence explored avenues to work together, in line with Japan’s “Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy” (or FOIP Strategy). The FOIP Strategy articulates Japan’s commitment to promote stability and prosperity in the region, through connectivity projects, capacity building and maritime security cooperation in order to develop the region as an ‘international public good.’

Special Advisor Mr Sonoura is accompanied by a delegation of fifteen members, comprising of senior officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Ministry of Economy and Trade and Industry, Ministry of Defense, Japan Coast Guard, Global Environment Centre Foundation and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).


Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Maldives
Link: http://www.foreign.gov.mv/index.php/en/mediacentre/news/4724-advisor-to-the-prime-minister-of-japan,-h-e-mr-kentaro-sonoura,-calls-on-foreign-minister-shahid


The Government of the Republic of Maldives and the Government of Japan, with a view to further developing friendly and cooperative relations between the two countries, signed an Exchange of Notes this morning.

At the ceremony held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency Abdulla Shahid, Minister of Foreign Affairs and His Excellency Kazumi Endo, Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Maldives, signed the Exchange of Notes on behalf of the two respective countries. The signing ceremony was also witnessed by His Excellency Kentaro Sonoura, Special Advisor of the Prime Minister of Japan, who is on a one-day official visit to the Maldives.

Under the terms of the Exchange of Notes, the Government of Japan will extend   to the Government of Maldives, a grant of three hundred million Japanese Yen (¥ 300,000,000) for further promoting the economic and social development of the Maldives. This grant will be utilized towards strengthening oil spill prevention and response, to reduce harmful environmental impact of oil spills in the Maldives.

In his remarks during the ceremony, Foreign Minister Shahid thanked the Government and the people of Japan for the generous assistance. The Minister also highlighted that it is through the genuine efforts to understand the vulnerabilities and the development needs of the Maldives, that Japan has become and continues to remain as one of the most important development partners of the Maldives, a steadfast supporter and a key partner of Maldives’ social and economic development.

The signing ceremony was witnessed by officials from the Ministry of Defence, the Coast Guard, Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and officials from the Embassy of Japan in the Maldives.


Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Maldives
Link: http://www.foreign.gov.mv/index.php/en/mediacentre/news/4723-the-government-of-maldives-and-the-government-of-japan-signs-exchange-of-notes-for-japanese-grant-assistance


Vice President Faisal Naseem has stated that Japan has been one of the most important contributors to the Maldivian economy. He made this remark while speaking at the function held to mark Japan’s National Day. 

Speaking at the ceremony, Vice President Naseem conveyed his greetings and best wishes to His Majesty the Emperor of Japan and the friendly people of Japan, on the occasion of Japan’s National Day.

The Vice President also highlighted the age-old bonds of friendship between the Maldives and Japan, underlining decades of trust, understanding and mutual respect. In this regard the Vice President underscored the areas Japan has contributed towards the development of the Maldives.

In his speech, Vice President Naseem also expressed hopes of continuing working together on issues of mutual interest bilaterally and multilaterally, and assured of the administration’s confidence that the relationship between the two countries to reach new heights.



Source: The President's Office, Maldives
Link: https://presidency.gov.mv/presidentNews/news/10443


Malé; Minister of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency Abdulla Shahid met Mr. Eui-Bae Kim, the Honorary Consul of Maldives in Busan, Republic of Korea, this afternoon.

During the meeting held at the Ministry, Minister Shahid commended Honorary Consul’s contribution in strengthening the people- to- people contact between Maldives and South Korea, and thanked the Honorary Consul for the assistance provided to Maldivian students in South Korea and visiting Maldivians to South Korea.

Minister also expressed his keen interest to strengthen the existing ties and having closer collaboration between the two countries.

Foreign Minister Shahid was accompanied by Mr. Ahmed Khaleel, Secretary Bilateral at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mrs. Lauza Ali, Director at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


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