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.