Distinguished Ministers, Colleagues,

Assalamu Alaikum,

Good evening,

Twenty-seven years ago, on an island not too far away from here, leaders of island nations and their friends gathered together, and agreed to work together to find shared solutions, to lobby for our mutual goals, and raise awareness about our common challenges. That was of course, as you know, the birth of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS).

Bismilla-hirrahma-nirraheem

Distinguished Guests,

Participants,

Ladies and Gentlemen.

Assalam Alaikum, Good morning.

It gives me immense pleasure to address this prestigious institute on the relations between the Maldives and Pakistan, and about the foreign policy of the Maldives under the leadership of His Excellency President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom.

Your Excellency Ambassador Kazumi Endo,
Honourable Ministers and Members of Parliament, distinguished guests
Ladies and gentlemen,
Assalaamalaikum, konbanwa and a very good evening to you all
It is indeed a great honour and a distinct privilege for me to be here at this very special occasion.
On behalf of His Excellency President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, and the people of the Maldives, I have the honour to extend heartfelt greetings and sincere best wishes to His Imperial Majesty Emperor Akihito, members of the Imperial Family, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the Government and the friendly people of Japan on this auspicious and joyful occasion marking the 84th Birthday of His Majesty Emperor Akihito.

Bismillahi- Rahmani Rahim
Your Excellency Mr. Masakazu Hamachi, Parliamentary Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan,
Your Excellency Ambassador Suganuma,
Ministers, Members of Parliament,
Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Assalaamalaikum, konbanwa and very good evening to you all
Tonight as we gather to celebrate the joyous occasion of the opening of the Embassy of Japan in the Maldives, I wish to congratulate the Government and friendly people of Japan and welcome this important milestone in the close relations between our two counties. The opening of the Embassy is the beginning of a new chapter in the strong bonds between the governments and the peoples of Maldives and Japan; I am privileged and honoured to be part of this important event. I have the honour to warmly welcome, His Excellency Masakazu Hamachi, Parliamentary Vice Minister of Japan.