Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture H.E. Dr. Mohamed Shainee has this afternoon returned to the Maldives upon concluding his official visit to Tanzania, Mozambique and South Africa as the Special Envoy of President, His Excellency Mr. Abdullah Yameen Abdul Gayoom. The purpose of the visit was to strengthen Maldives’ bilateral relations with the region, and to find new avenues and opportunities for greater cooperation, including within the United Nations.

During his visit to the three countries from 16-23 January 2018, Minister Shainee called on the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Republic of Tanzania, His Excellency Augustine Phillip Mahinga, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Mozambique, His Excellency His Excellency José Condungua Antonio Pacheco, and Deputy Minister of International Relations and Corporation of South Africa, H.E. Mr. Luwellyn Tyrone Landers. In his meetings with the heads of the Foreign Offices, Minister Shainee conveyed greetings from His Excellency President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom and underscored the strategic importance of further enhancing the bilateral and multilateral ties between the Republic of Maldives and the African region.

Further, Minister Shainee also held bilateral consultations with his counterparts; His Excellency Mr. Luhaga Joelson Mpina, Minister for Livestock and Fisheries of the United Republic of Tanzania, His Excellency Mr. Agostinho Salvadore Mondlane, Minister of the Sea, Inland Waters and Fisheries of the Republic of Mozambique and His Excellency Mr. Senzeni Zokwana, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of the Republic of South Africa. During these meetings, both sides reflected on the close friendly relations between the Maldives and Africa. Minister Shainee also reassured the Maldives’ readiness to engage with partners in Africa in various areas of development, especially in sustainable fisheries.

During the visit, Minister Shainee was accompanied by Ms. Moomina Ibrahim, Assistant Director at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.