High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini (pictured) will be in the Maldives for a bilateral visit. She will meet with the President of the Maldives, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, the Foreign Minister, Abdulla Shahid, and the Defence Minister, Mariya Didi. Federica Mogherini will hold a joint press point together with Foreign Minister Shahid, whom she last met during the Minister’s visit to Brussels on 28 June.
She will also address the Parliament on strengthening ties between the European Union and the Maldives at the invitation of the speaker, President Mohamed Nasheed. Her visit follows the recent decision of the Council of the European Union to revoke the framework for restrictive measures against the Maldives that it had adopted in July 2018 in light of the deteriorating political circumstances in the country. The lifting of sanctions is a direct response to the peaceful and democratic parliamentary elections in April 2019, the improvement of the general political situation since President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih took office and the government’s commitment to consolidate good governance and democracy.
The visit will also be an opportunity to reaffirm a joint commitment to climate action. The visit will conclude Federica Mogherini’s visit to the Asia Pacific region that included her participation in the EU-ASEAN post-ministerial conference, the ASEAN Regional Forum and a bilateral visit to Vietnam. Find more information on EU-Maldives relations here.
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