05 April 2012, Male’; The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs H.E Ms. Dunya Maumoon has today met with the Secretary General of the Commonwealth, H.E Mr. Kamalesh Sharma as part of her official visit to the United Kingdom.
At the meeting the State Minister reaffirmed the Government’s commitment to working closely with the Commonwealth to implement the recommendations made by the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group. The State Minister also thanked the Secretary General for the continued support and assistance provided by the Commonwealth.
"The Government of Maldives echoes the Commonwealth's call for all political parties to put aside partisan difference and engage in dialogue in order to find a lasting solution to the political developments in the Maldives” said State Minister Maumoon.
Ms. Maumoon also spoke of the appointment of the Commonwealth Special Envoy.
“The Government viewed the appointment of Right Honourable Sir Donald McKinnon as an opportunity to strengthen its Democratic institutions; with such a distinguished background in diplomacy, we worked closely with Sir Donald, benefitting from his expertise.” said State Minister Maumoon.
The State Minister and Secretary General also spoke of the technical assistance the Commonwealth was providing to the Independent Commission of Enquiry. Ms Maumoon expressed the government’s gratitude for this support and hoped that the findings of the Commission would allow the Maldives to move forward constructively and address the necessary steps to be taken in order to achieve National Unity.
State Minister Maumoon’s meeting with the Secretary General was the first of many engagements scheduled during her official visit to the United Kingdom.