Mr Chancellor,

Vice-Chancellors, and Management of the Maldives National University

Distinguished Guests and

Conference Participants,


Assalam alaikum varahmathullahi va barakaathuhu

Good morning

My first priority here today, is to congratulate the Maldives National University, and the Steering Committee of the First International Conference of MNU – Theveli 2017, the International Conference on Multidisciplinary Research. This is a major milestone for the development and institutionalisation of the Maldives National University, and I am both honoured and privileged to address this gathering today, as the Chief Guest. Thank you for giving me this opportunity.

 The theme you have chosen for this year’s conference “Towards a sustainable society” is most timely – in the wake of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The link between environmentally sustainable practises, and the social progress of society, as well as economic prosperity is well established. And indeed, it is a national priority as well.


Mr President

Mr Secretary General

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Assalam-alaikum va-rahmathullahi va-barakaathu and a very Good afternoon to you all

We stand today at the cross roads – between old wars and new conflicts, between what we know, and what we fear - between the needs of a changing planet, and the demands of a growing population. We remain caught between human ambition and human limitations. And in these times of change, we must turn once again to the principles that defined this Organisation. Those that make us who we are, and who we would like to become.

بســم اللّـھ ال ّرحمـن ال ّرحیــم

In the name of Allah, the most beneficent, the most merciful Peace be upon our prophet Mohamed Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam, Thank you, Mr. Chairman, Mr. Secretary General, Excellencies. AssalamAlaikum Warahmathullahi Wabarakathuh,

We are meeting at a critical juncture, when there is extreme suffering being endured by the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. The Government of Maldives condemns in its strongest terms the atrocities committed against the Rohingya Muslim community and in particular the recent cycle of violence that resulted in deaths and displacing many more. As we sit in shelter, Rohingya Muslims are stranded without adequate food, water, and shelter. These people are fleeing in fear of being killed, assaulted or raped. Latest figures indicate that more than 380,000 people have fled and many more will follow.

 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.