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Maldives ambassador presents credentials to Sri Lankan pres

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Mohamed Hussain Shareef, the Maldivian Ambassador to Sri Lanka, on his way to present his credentials to the Sri Lankan president.

The newly appointed envoy to Sri Lanka, Mohamed Hussain Shareef, presented his credentials to the Sri Lankan president, Maithripala Sirisena, early on Monday.

Mihaaru understands that the ceremony was held at 10:30 a.m.

Shareef received his letter of appointment on August 6. However, the delay in Shareef presenting his credentials to Sirisena had led the opposition to allege that it is a deliberate move to hinder the Maldivian government. Some officials of the opposition coalition have also been pressuring the Sri Lankan government to reject Shareef’s appointment.

Speaking to Mihaaru on Sunday, Shareef hit back at the opposition’s criticism, stating that as he was appointed to the post with the acquiescence of the Sri Lankan government, there is no reason to worry about the delayed presentation of his credentials.

He had explained that he was one of five ambassadors, hailing from Canada, Egypt, Pakistan and Russia, who were “in queue” to present their credentials to Sirisena.

“According to [Sri Lanka’s] foreign policy, ambassadors are invited to present their credentials to the president at his convenience,” he said, criticising the opposition for their ignorance of Sri Lanka’s policies.

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