28 June 2016, Geneva; On the sidelines of the 32nd Session of the UN Human Rights Council, Her Excellency Ms Dunya Maumoon, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Maldives, met bilaterally with Geneva based Ambassadors from India, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and China. She ended the day with an iftar (breaking the fast) with seven other Ambassadors.
With an aim to strengthening bilateral ties, continuing cooperation and identifying new areas for engagement, Minister Dunya Maumoon emphasized the role the Maldives has played during its six-year tenure on the Human Rights Council, especially as a voice for Small Island Developing States and as a willing partner for global advocacy. The Maldives has been on the frontlines of calling for greater rights, including rights relating to safe and stable lives, lived in healthy wholesome environments.
Minister Dunya Maumoon noted that â€śit is not about the size of your nation, but the spirit with which you engage with your friends that determines our collective success.â€ť The Maldives has enjoyed the camaraderie with friendly nations that has positively contributed to the development of the nation and progressed the lives of its people.
The iftar was hosted by Her Excellency Dr Hala Hameed, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Maldives to the United Nations Office at Geneva, on the occasion of the visit of Foreign Minister Maumoon. The dinner was attended by prominent Ambassadors in Geneva from Islamic countries.