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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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The Maldives Embassy in Tokyo held a Maldives Business Reception for the Japanese businesses involved in the tourism industry, today to coincide with the ongoing official visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Maldives His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Asim. Leading tour operators and travel agents and airline representatives in Japan were among the attendees.

Minister Asim graced the occasion as the chief guest. Speaking at the reception, Minister Asim spoke of the close bilateral relations, particularly touched on the growing people to people contact between the two countries. In this regard, Minister Asim highlighted the importance of expanding cooperation in the field of tourism, and activities through the Commercial Unit of the Embassy.

The Ambassador of Maldives to Japan His Excellency Mr. Ibrahim Uvais in his remarks stated that one of the major roles at the Embassy of Maldives in Japan is to help facilitate business to business connections between Maldivian and Japanese companies.

His Excellency Mr. Ahmed Khaleel, Secretary Bilateral, and Mr. Ahmed Fazeel, Director, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Maldives also attended the reception.

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The First round of Maldives-Japan Policy Dialogue between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Maldives and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan today.

During the consultations, the two countries discussed cooperation in areas of mutual interest including development, climate change, tourism and investment among others. The two countries also exchanged views on the ongoing Japanese government funded development projects.

The Maldives delegation was headed by Secretary, Bilateral H.E. Mr. Ahmed Khaleel and Japanese delegation was headed by the Director General at Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr.Takizaki. Secretary Bilateral was accompanied by 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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H.E. Dr. Mohamed Asim met with Mr. Shinichi Kitaoka, President of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) at the JICA Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan today.

Minister Asim and President of JICA exchanged views on various programs steered by JICA in the Maldives and on future collaboration between Maldives and JICA. Minister Asim noted with appreciation JICA’s programmes as one of the most successful programmes that have contributed to socieo-economic development in the Maldives.

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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