Friday, 01 January 2016

The Maldives welcomes the opening of the new Japanese Embassy in Malé

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1 January 2016; A new Japanese resident Embassy was opened in Male’ today. On this very happy and auspicious occasion, the Government of the Maldives extends sincere congratulations and greetings to the Government and the friendly people of Japan.

The opening of the Embassy begins a new chapter in the relations between the Maldives and Japan. The Government of the Maldives believes that the new Embassy would completely change the dynamics of Maldives-Japan relations as it will help open-up new avenues for cooperation that would propel relations to new heights.

Responding to a question from local media today, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Maldives, H.E. Ms. Dunya Maumoon, said “It is indeed a very happy day for Maldives-Japan relations. There is no doubt that the opening of the new resident mission of Japan is not only an indication of strengthening of relations between the two countries, but it is also, yet again, another stamp of approval by the international community of the strong and prudent policies of President Yameen.” I would also like to use the opportunity of this historic occasion to extend heartfelt appreciation and gratitude to the Government and the friendly people of Japan for being a true and sincere friend of the Maldives.”

In 2014, H.E. Mr. Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, President of the Maldives made an official visit to Japan. This was the first time for a President from the Maldives to visit Japan on the official invitation of the Government of Japan. During the visit, the two countries agreed on a new stage of cooperation based on over forty years of friendship and trust. The Maldives and Japan established diplomatic relations in 1967. Ever since, as one of the biggest bilateral development partners of the Maldives, Japan has played an important role in the socio-economic development of the Maldives. From human resources development to environmental protection, sustainable fisheries to modern day communications and transport, health sector development as well as humanitarian and reconstruction assistance in the aftermath of the Asian Tsunami in 2004, Japanese assistance to the Maldives has virtually reached all four corners of the Maldivian archipelago.

Trade and economic relations and people-to-people contact between the two countries have also grown steadily over the years. The hard work and the tireless activities of the Japan Overseas Cooperative Volunteers (JOCV) in the Maldives have proved priceless in this regard. The Maldives is one of the most desired holiday destinations for young Japanese. Approximately 40 thousand Japanese tourists visit the Maldives annually.

The Embassy of Japan in Colombo, Sri Lanka, was formally accredited to the Maldives. The Maldives has maintained a resident Embassy in Tokyo since 2007.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Republic of the Maldives

Website: www.foreign.gov.mv

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