28 March 2017, Male’

In the second session of the Distinguished Speaker Series held by the Foreign Service Institute of Maldives (FOSIM), former Ambassador-at-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mr Abdul Azeez Yoosuf shared lessons and insights from his long life of service in the Maldives government.

Ambassador Azeez shared his personal experiences from his time as Ambassador of the Maldives to India and Sri Lanka, and advised foreign service officers to be diligent, committed and passionate about the work they do. He also shared viewed on how to manage the working relationships within the Ministry as well as in Missions, while encouraging foreign service officers to always focus on improving themselves.

Ambassador Azeez served the Government for 43 years in various positions, since 19 December 1968. Among various positions, he served as Senior Under Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and as Director of the International Organisations Department. He served the country as High Commissioner of Maldives to Sri Lanka, and later as High Commissioner of Maldives to India. He retired from the Maldives Foreign Service in 2013.

FOSIM Distinguished Speaker series features notable figures both at home and abroad, and aims to create dialogue and debate on issues of strategic, and global importance among the staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.