24 February 2016; Minister of Foreign Affairs Ms Dunya Maumoon welcomed the decision by the CMAG not to include the Maldives on its formal agenda. “Today’s decision by CMAG is an endorsement for President Yameen’s commitment and policy on democracy consolidation in the Maldives; a reassurance that the Commonwealth will continue to engage in a strong and sustainable partnership with the Government”. Minister Dunya said.
At the end of today’s meeting, the CMAG Ministers welcomed the commitment given by the Government for an inclusive national political dialogue. They also welcomed the Government’s invitation to appoint a high level Special Envoy of the Commonwealth Secretary-General to assist the Maldives in accelerating its democratisation process.
In its concluding statement, CMAG urged all concerned political actors in the Maldives to take “practical confidence-building measures”, and underlined the “importance of Commonwealth assistance being provided in alignment with the development priorities of Maldives, and in a coordinated fashion with the Government of Maldives”.
At the CMAG meeting held at the Commonwealth Headquaters in Lodndon today, Foreign Minister Dunya and Attorney General Mohamed Anil brifed the CMAG Ministers on the on-going activities implemented by the Government in countering the emerging threats of terrorism and violent extremism, which, more than anything, are threatening the fundamental political values of the Commonwealth.
Minister Dunya and Attorney General Anil reiterated the President’s commitment to work with the Commonwealth in consolidating democracy in the Maldives, and the Government’s expectation that the Commonwealth will join the process and move forward with the Maldives.