The Minister of State for South and Central Asia, United Nations (UN), Commonwealth and the Prime Minister’s Special Representative for the Prevention of Sexual Violence in Conflict of the United Kingdom (UK), Lord ( Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon made a courtesy call to President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.
The call took place on Saturday afternoon, at Felivaru Island in Lhaviyani Atoll, one of the President’s stops during his ongoing six-island tour of Lhaviyani Atoll.
The meeting also saw President Solih shed light on the services provided by the UK Resident Mission in the Maldives over the past few years.
Highlighting the issues related to women and children in the Maldives as well as the many achievements made in this area, the President assured that the administration is committed to continue empowering women and children, also in the future.
Going on to address the other growing concerns across the island nation such as religious extremism, the President recalled the May 6, 2021 assassination attempt on Speaker of Parliament and former President Mohamed Nasheed. He described it as a wake-up call for the Maldives in the face of growing threats from extremism and terrorism.
The President then expressed his administration’s interest in broadening economic horizons and also spoke about the easing of tariffs on fish exports from the Maldives.
Other topics discussed at the meeting included the challenges caused by climate change faced by small island developing states like the Maldives.
The Maldivian President has given his backing to the UK government’s commitment to reforming the Commonwealth and making the organization work for everyone.
The meeting concluded with the President and Lord Ahmad reaffirming their joint commitment to continue working together for the common welfare of the citizens of the Maldives and the UK.