The newly appointed Ambassador of the Maldives to Sri Lanka, Mohamed Hussain Shareef, on Tuesday departed to Sri Lanka to officially assume his post.
Shareef received his new appointment on August 6. However, prior to his departure, he did not answer the press’ questions as to when he will present his credentials to the Sri Lankan president, Maithripala Sirisena.
The delay in Shareef presenting his credentials has led the opposition to allege that it is a deliberate move to hinder the Maldivian government. Some officials of the opposition coalition are also pressuring the Sri Lankan government to reject Shareef’s appointment.
Sri Lanka is currently the residing place of several senior officials of the opposition. Convicted former President Mohamed Nasheed has also been visiting the country frequently, where opposition members are holding meetings and conducting activities.
Shareef had previously held the post of Ambassador to Japan since August 2016. He was nominated by President Abdulla Yameen for his new position after the government dismissed the previous ambassador, Zahiya Zareer, last month for reasons yet undisclosed. She had served as the ambassador for three years.
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