14 April 2017, Tokyo;

The new Ambassador of the Republic of Maldives, His Excellency Mohamed Hussain Shareef, has presented his Letter of Credence to the Emperor of Japan, His Majesty Akihito. At a grand ceremony held this morning at the Tokyo Imperial Palace, Ambassador Shareef presented his letter of credentials and letter of recall of his predecessor. 


Ambassador Shareef was joined at the ceremony by Mr. Adam Hamid and Mrs. Aminath Shazly Saleem, First Secretary and Second Secretary at the Maldives’ Embassy in Japan.

The Maldives and Japan established formal diplomatic relations on 14 November 1967. This year, therefore, marks the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries. 

Maldives opened a resident Embassy in Japan on 10 May 2007. The first Maldivian Ambassador to Japan, His Excellency Abdul Hameed Zakariyya presented his credentials on 11 March 2008. He was succeeded by His Excellency Ahmed Khaleel, who presented credentials on 16 February 2010. His Excellency Mohamed Hussain Shareef is the third Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Maldives to Japan.

President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom was the first Maldivian Head of State to conduct an Official Visit to Japan on the invitation of the Japanese Prime Minister. During his historic visit to Tokyo from 14 to 17 April 2014, President Yameen had called on Emperor His Majesty Akihito, Prime Minister His Excellency Shinzo Abe and senior officials of the Japanese Government and the National Diet or Parliament.

 

9 February 2017, New York: The Maldives, as the Chair of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) convened an interactive dialogue with His Excellency Mr. Antonio Guterres, the Secretary General of the United Nations, providing an opportunity for Member States to discuss the priorities and issues of importance for Small Island Developing States (SIDS). The meeting was chaired by His Excellency Mr. Ahmed Sareer, the Permanent Representative of Maldives to the United Nations.

6 February 2016, New York: At the fifty-fifth meeting of the Commission on Social Development, the theme of which was "Strategies for eradicating poverty to achieve sustainable development for all", held on 1-10 February 2017 at United Nations Headquarters in New York, the Maldives called attention to the key role of human capital development to eliminating poverty and realizing sustainable development.

His Excellency Dr. Ali Naseer Mohamed met with Mr. Shingo Yamagami, Director-General (Acting) and Mr. Koichi Ai, Director of Research Coordination of Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA) today in Tokyo during the Foreign Secretary’s official visit to Japan.

26 January 2016, New York; Speaking at a high-level dialogue of the UN General Assembly, H.E. Mr Ahmed Sareer, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Maldives to the United Nations, called for the inclusion of climate change, alongside sustainable development and sustaining peace, as part of a triangular, inter-linked framework that placed the most vulnerable at the centre, in particular Small Island Developing States (SIDS).