Minister of Foreign Affairs His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Asim, has returned to Male’ after concluding a successful visit to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to attend the Opening Ceremony of the Thirtieth Ordinary Session of the African Union Assembly of Heads of States, as a Special Guest.

The Opening Ceremony was held at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, on 28 January 2018. In addition to several Heads of States and Ministers of the member countries of the African Union, the Opening Ceremony was attended by H.E. Mahmoud Abbas, President of the State of Palestine, H.E. Antonio Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations, H.E. Ahmed Aboul-Gheit, Secretary General of the League of Arab States and representatives of Observer States of the African Union and various organizations.

During his visit, on the sidelines of the AU Summit, Minister Asim had bilateral consultations with the State Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, H.E. Dr. Aklilu Hailemichael and discussed ways to strengthen bilateral relations between Maldives and Ethiopia, especially in sharing experiences in environment protection and tourism promotion. In the meeting, Minister Asim thanked the Government of Ethiopia for the warm welcome and kind hospitality.

Minister Asim also had bilateral meetings with HE. Mohamed Taha Siala, the Foreign Minister of Libya, HE. Khemaies Jhinaoui, Foreign Minister of Tunisia and HE. Emmanuel Fabiano, the Foreign Minister of Malawi. In these meetings, Foreign Ministers discussed ways to strengthen future cooperation between Maldives and the respective countries, in areas of mutual interest and cooperation in multilateral fora, including at the United Nations. Minister Asim also had fruitful discussions with H.E. Amina Mohamed, the Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs of Kenya and H.E. Mahamat Zene Cherif, the Foreign Minister of Chad.
Ms. Fathimath Najwa, Joint Secretary and Dr. Ibrahim Zuhuree, Director at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, accompanied Minister Asim on the visit.