17 March 2014, Male'; His Excellency Mr. Nobuhito Hobo, Ambassador of Japan to Sri Lanka and Maldives has called on Her Excellency Ms. Dunya Maumoon, Minister of Foreign Affairs today.

During the meeting which was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ambassador congratulated Minister Dunya on her appointment as Minister.Minister Dunya extended the greetings and good wishes from the government and the people of the Republic of Maldives to the Government and the people of Japan, and expressed her confidence that the relations between the two countries would continue to grow from strength to strength.

During the meeting, the discussions between the Ambassador and Minister Dunya focused on opportunities for expanding trade and commerce between the two countries and on enhancing economic cooperation, principally with regards to the sectors of fisheries, tourism, transport, information technology, new and renewable energy and communication.

Her Excellency Ms. Dunya Maumoon was accompanied by H. E. Mr. Abdulla Hameed Ambassador at-Large andMs. Aishath Azeema, Joint Secretary of the Foreign Ministry of the Maldives.