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Maldives looks to EU for easier visa access to Europe

Foreign Minister Dr Mohamed Asim speaks to reporters about the Maldives-EU Policy Dialogue 2017. PHOTO: HUSSAIN WAHEED/MIHAARU

The government of the Maldives on Wednesday discussed ways to ease difficulties in obtaining visas to European countries with delegates of the European Union (EU), disclosed Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Mohamed Asim.

Speaking to reporters, Minister Asim stated that ease of obtaining visas to Europe was the key topic of focus in the Maldives-EU Policy Dialogue discussion that took place in Bandos Island Resort on Wednesday.

“As you know, we have to go to Colombo [Sri Lanka] to get a visa for Germany, which is because we don’t have an EU Embassy [in the Maldives]. However, several envoys [from EU] promised to provide whatever assistance they can regarding the visa issue,” said the minister, who described the Maldives-EU meeting as a very open discussion.

According to Foreign Minister Asim, other issues discussed include exporting local products to member states of the EU and business opportunities for capitalists. The minister declared that the discussions are a testimony to EU’s interest in the progress of the Maldives and strengthening of bilateral relations.

Minister Asim elaborated that both parties had put forward various topics, noting that the Ministry of Gender and Family, the Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture, and the Attorney General’s Office had submitted documents to address at the discussion. He stated that government representatives had shared the state’s achievements and projects, amendments to laws and regulations, and development efforts with the EU diplomats.

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Source URL: Mihaaru-News

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