اَلحَمْـدُ لِلّـهِ رَبّ العَـالَمِـين، وَالصّـلاة وَالسّلام علـى محـمَّدٍ وَعلـى آلـه وَصَحْبِـهِ أجمـعـين

Mr Chairman, Mr Secretary General, Excellencies, Distinguished delegates,

Assalam Alaikum Warahmathullahi Wabarakaathuh,

I bring with me, the warm greetings of my President, His Excellency Mr Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, the Government, and the People of the Republic of Maldives. I wish to thank the Government of Cote d’Ivoire and the friendly people of this country, for the gracious hospitality extended to my delegation and me, since our arrival. I wish to congratulate His Excellency, Mr Marcel Amon Tanoh Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cote d’Ivoire for being elected to preside over this important Council. I would also like to congratulate the outgoing Chairman, His Excellency Abdulaziz Kamilov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan, for the organized manner in which he has steered the Council this past year.

29 April 2015; Following the earthquake that struck Nepal on 25 April 2015, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been closely monitoring the status of Maldivians and made arrangements to evacuate those who wished to leave Nepal at the earliest opportunity.

In this regard, 14 Maldivians who were residing in Biratnagar and evacuated to New Delhi, arrived in Maldives at 01.25 am tonight via UL 105. Furthermore, 77 Maldivians in other parts of Nepal who were evacuated from Kathmandu to Dhaka through a Biman Bangladesh Airlines chartered flight, arrived in Maldives at 03.10 am tonight, via a special flight of the national carrier Maldivian Q2 551.

The evacuation efforts of Maldivians in Nepal were carried under the guidance and instructions of H.E. President Abdullah Yameen Abdul Gayoom, and with the assistance and support of many collaborators. The Ministry wishes to express sincere appreciation to the Honorary Consul of Maldives in Nepal
Mr Nirvana Chaudhary, Maldivian staff working at the SAARC Secretariat, High Commission of Maldives in New Delhi and High Commission of Maldives in Dhaka, Mr Chandra Shekhar Jaiswal, Honorary Consul General of Maldives in Calcutta, H.E. Rear Admiral Kazi Sarwar Hossain (TAS) (CD) ndc psc, High Commissioner of Bangladesh to the Maldives, Maldives Medical Association and the Ministry of Islamic Affairs. The Ministry also wishes to note the support received from Island Aviation Services Ltd, Biman Bangladesh Airlines, Government of Bangladesh, and the Government of Nepal.

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03 June 2015; Please find below a statement by the Minister of Foreign Affairs H E Dunya Maumoon.

“I am concerned about the reaction by some foreign Governments regarding some judicial trials in the Maldives, including the trial of the leader of the Islamic religious party of the Maldives. Rest assured the Government will not intervene in the judicial process of the country.

Justice will be served as per our laws and the Constitution of the Maldives. Criminal activities and incitement to violence will not be condoned”.

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03 June 2015; Please find below a statement by the Minister of Foreign Affairs H E Dunya Maumoon.

“I am concerned about the reaction by some foreign Governments regarding some judicial trials in the Maldives, including the trial of the leader of the Islamic religious party of the Maldives. Rest assured the Government will not intervene in the judicial process of the country.

Justice will be served as per our laws and the Constitution of the Maldives. Criminal activities and incitement to violence will not be condoned”.

ENDS

29 April 2015; Following the earthquake that struck Nepal on 25 April 2015, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been closely monitoring the status of Maldivians and made arrangements to evacuate those who wished to leave Nepal at the earliest opportunity.