An official ceremony to mark the completion of the Dhaalu Vaanee Police Training Centre Phase 2, facilitated under Indian grant assistance was held today at Iskandhar Koshi. The ceremony also coincided with the 16th anniversary of the establishment of the Maldives Police Service as a civil policing organisation in 2004.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulla Shahid, Minister of Home Affairs Imran Abdulla, High Commissioner of India to the Maldives Sunjay Sudhir, and Commissioner of Police Mohamed Hameed, and other officials from the Government, Maldives Police Service and the High Commission of India in Malé attended the ceremony.

The Minister of Home Affairs Imran Abdulla presented a plaque of appreciation to the High Commissioner of India to the Maldives Sunjay Sudhir, in appreciation of the financial contribution from the Government of India towards the completion of the project.

A grant of 7,999,999.78 rufiyaa was allocated to the Maldives Police Service from the grant assistance of 106 million Rufiya provided by the Government of India. The objective of the Project was to finance the second phase of the Dhaalu Vaanee Development Project which includes the establishment of a reverse osmosis plant, gymnasium, repelling tower, swimming track, vehicles and skills enhancing equipment.

Speaking at the event, Minister of Foreign Affairs highlighted that the inauguration of the Dhaalu Vaanee Police Training Centre promises enhanced professionalism and alertness to among the Police Service, which in turn ensures the safety of our community. The Minister concluded his remarks by congratulating the Maldives Police Service for their courage and bravery, shown time and time again, and congratulated the Service on the 16th anniversary since the establishment of the Maldives Police Service as a civilian policing organization.

ENDS

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Maldives, Abdulla Shahid sends message of felicitations to Ivan Korčok, Minister for Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, on the occasion of the Constitution Day of the Slovak Republic.

Minister’s message reads as follows:

“On behalf of the Government, the people of the Republic of Maldives and on my own behalf, it gives me great pleasure to extend warm greetings and good wishes to Your Excellency, the Government and the people of the Slovak Republic, on the occasion of the Constitution Day of the Slovak Republic.

It is my sincere hope that the close and friendly ties that exist between our two countries will continue to prosper in the days ahead.

Please accept, Excellency, the assurances of my highest consideration.”

ENDS

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Maldives Abdulla Shahid has sent a message of condolence to Minister of External Affairs of India Dr S. Jaishankar, following the demise of the 13th President of India Pranab Mukherjee.

Minister's messages reads as follows:

"I was deeply saddened to hear of the demise of Former President His Excellency Pranab Mukherjee this evening.

I had the distinct honour of working with His Excellency Pranab Mukherjee during his second term as the External Affairs Minister. I still recall the warmth with which he welcomed me on my first bilateral visit to India in October 2007. He was a Statesman extraordinaire, a committed and sincere leader, and a dedicated public servant. A fact exemplified by his five decades of service in varying capacities and roles. His loss is not only a loss to India, but to the region as a whole.

On behalf of the people of the Maldives, I extend my earnest sympathies to his family, friends and supporters. We stand with the Government and people of India in this time of loss and national grief.

Please accept, Excellency, the assurances of my highest consideration."

ENDS

The newly appointed High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to Maldives, His Excellency Rohana Bedagge called on Minister of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency Abdulla Shahid, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs today, following the presentation of his credentials to H.E President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih at a ceremony held this afternoon at the President’s Office.

During the meeting, Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid congratulated His Excellency Rohana Bedagge, on his appointment as the High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to the Maldives. Foreign Minister Shahid expressed hope that diplomatic ties and friendly relations between Maldives and Sri Lanka would be further strengthened during High Commissioner Bedagge’s tenure.

Minister Shahid and High Commissioner Bedagge discussed ways of further strengthening and diversifying the existing close relations between the Maldives and Sri Lanka. The High Commissioner also assured his commitment to working closely with the Government of Maldives to enhance collaboration in areas that are of mutual benefit to both countries. In particular, High Commissioner Bedagge noted his wish to strengthen cooperation in the domain of culture, arts and music between the two countries.


ENDS

The newly appointed High Commissioner of Bangladesh to Maldives, His Excellency Rear Admiral Nazmul Hassan called on Minister of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency Abdulla Shahid, today. The meeting took place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, shortly after the High Commissioner presented his letter of credence to President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih in a ceremony held at the President’s Office.

During the meeting, Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid congratulated His Excellency Rear Admiral Nazmul Hassan, on his appointment as the new High Commissioner of Bangladesh to Maldives. Foreign Minister Shahid expressed hope that excellent bilateral ties and cooperation between Maldives and Bangladesh would be further strengthened during High Commissioner Nazmul Hassan’s tenure.
Minister Shahid thanked High Commissioner Nazmul Hassan for the assistance provided by Bangladesh Government to the Government of Maldives in addressing the challenges of COVID-19 on multiple fronts.

Minister Shahid and High Commissioner Nazmul Hassan also discussed the existing collaboration between the two countries, in particular on addressing the plight of Bangladeshi expatriates in the Maldives, through the regularization and voluntary repatriation programme of the Maldivian Government. The High Commissioner also assured his commitment to working closely with the Government of Maldives to enhance collaboration in areas that are of mutual benefit to both countries.

ENDS