Three new ambassadors to the Maldives have presented their credentials to President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih yesterday.
Santi Bai Hanoomanjee, Mauritius
The new Non-Resident High Commissioner of the Republic of Mauritius to the Republic of Maldives, H.E Santi Bai Hanoomanjee, presented her Letter of Credence to H.E President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih. At the ceremony, the President welcomed the High Commissioner to the Maldives and congratulated her on the commencement of her term and expressed his confidence that during her tenure the existing bilateral relations between the two countries would further strengthen.
Speaking at the meeting the new High Commissioner conveyed greetings and well wishes from the Prime Minister and the President of Mauritius to the government and the people of the Maldives. She also added that serving as the non-resident high commissioner to the Maldives would be a pleasure for her, and expressed assurance in further cultivating the existing ties.
The President and the High Commissioner highlighted on the effective measures taken by the respective governments in combatting Covid-19 including the vaccination programmes carried out in both countries.
President Solih and the High Commissioner also discussed on the common challenges and vulnerabilities faced by Mauritius and the Maldives as Small Island Developing States. Further discussions were carried out on a variety of topics of mutual interest such as expanding opportunities for trade and commerce, increasing the current levels of exports and imports between the Maldives and the Mauritius, further strengthening of cooperation in the field of tourism, strengthening sustainable development, climate change, and other multilateral cooperation.
András László Király, Hungary
The new Ambassador of Hungary to the Republic of Maldives, H.E. András László Király, presented his Letter of Credence to H.E President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, yesterday morning at the President’s Office.
At the ceremony, the President welcomed the Ambassador to the Maldives and congratulated him on the commencement of his term. He noted that the Maldives and Hungary have made positive strides in cultivating bilateral ties over the years. The President also thanked the Government of Hungary for their support towards the Maldives’ candidature during the 76th United Nations General Assembly elections held in June earlier this year.
During the meeting, the President noted that the Maldives and Argentina may explore new avenues of cooperation in higher education. In response, the Ambassador offered his commitment to expanding cooperation in this field, stating that their government is working to provide fully-funded scholarship opportunities to Maldivian students. The Ambassador also expressed interest to assist in food security, tourism and water management. He noted that Hungary is keen to explore mutually beneficial investment opportunities in the Maldives.
The President highlighted the recently concluded Senior Officials Meeting between the Maldives and the European Union, and expressed his confidence in enhancing ties between the Maldives and the European Union in the coming years.
Both the President and the Ambassador noted that climate change ranks high on their national agenda and affirmed their common commitment to garner international support to address it. The President expressed hope to work closely with Hungary in the lead up to and during COP26 to be held in Glasgow later this year, and explore collective efforts to shift to renewable and alternate forms of energy in place of fossil fuels.
The President and the Ambassador concluded the meeting by expressing their hope that the current relationship between the two countries would be strengthened in the coming days.
Dr. Hugo Javier Gobbi, Argentine Republic
The new Ambassador of the Argentine Republic to the Republic of Maldives, H.E Dr Hugo Javier Gobbi, has presented his credentials to H.E President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih. The Ambassador presented his credentials to the President during a special ceremony held yesterday afternoon at the President’s Office.
President Solih welcomed the Argentine Ambassador to the Maldives, congratulating him on his appointment and expressing his gratitude to the Argentine Republic for their support towards the Maldives’ candidature during the 76th United Nations General Assembly elections, in June earlier this year. The Ambassador responded that Argentina had always remained a close friend and supporter of the Maldives, and that they were honoured to help and happy to see the Maldives play a major role in the international arena developing multilateral relations.
Speaking to the Ambassador following the ceremony, President Solih stated that the Maldives hopes to see further collaboration between the two countries, especially in the areas of tourism, sustainable development and upholding human rights and climate change. The President and Ambassador spoke at length regarding the climate emergency, with Ambassador Gobbi relaying that Argentina would follow the Maldives’ example in playing a more significant role in the climate crisis, especially ocean conservation.The President expressed hope to collaborate closely for COP26, held in Glasgow later this year, and explore collective efforts to shift to renewable and alternate forms of energy in place of fossil fuels.
Concluding the call, the President congratulated Ambassador Gobbi once again and stated that he hopes the Maldives would continue receiving support, assistance and engagement from Argentina. The Ambassador agreed, and both affirmed their commitment to collaborate further for the mutual benefit of both countries.