Her Excellency Ms Dunya Maumoon’s Opening Remarks at the Press Conference held to Mark the 2nd Anniversary of His Excellency President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom’s Government
17 November 2015
Let me begin by congratulating President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom on the happy occasion of the second anniversary of his assuming Office. I am indeed happy to meet representatives of the media to share with you the significant progress achieved over the past couple of years to achieve our foreign policy goals.
The current Government came into Office with a strong foreign policy to strive to make Maldivians proud by making the country a resilient nation; and to increase opportunities for the economic advancement of Maldivians and to promote the national interests of the Maldives through innovative approaches.
Further, President Yameen’s foreign policy is guided by six key pledges:
1. Enhance the national security and absolute sovereignty of the Maldives through increased bilateral and multilateral engagement;
2. Protect the Islamic identity of the Maldives and help to promote the core values of Islam internationally;
3. Increase the economic resilience of the Maldives;
4. Promote greater regional cooperation in South Asia;
5. Provide quality consular services for Maldivians; and
6. Promote efficiency and professionalism in the service.
As we prepare to greet the year 2016, I believe it is important to recap the extensive work carried out in the past twelve months by the Foreign Ministry and the Missions overseas in promoting the Maldives bilaterally and internationally. The image of the Maldives is reflected through the Foreign Ministry. We, at the Foreign Ministry, are on the frontline as defenders of the country’s image in the international community through the instrument of diplomacy.
Today the Maldives faces challenging circumstances at home that are scrutinized closely by countries near and far as well as the international community. At every such critical juncture, the Foreign Ministry and Missions abroad work collectively with a high priority commitment to ensure that reliable information is delivered to our partners and counterparts on a timely basis. We uphold transparency. This Ministry gives high priority both to manage the country’s interests overseas and also to assist Maldivian citizens abroad especially in times of distress and difficulty.
I am pleased to report that the Ministry benefits from continuous advice from His Excellency President Yameen in our work to further strengthen our foreign policy strategies.
In today’s globalised world, geographical boundaries are crossed easily; a trail of attempts under the guise of ensuring human rights protection for the people are pursued vehemently; and the intrinsic principles and cultural values that define a country as an independent nation are often tampered with. These challenges and precipitous interferences from abroad can foster internal disorder if not guarded appropriately, and the Maldives is no exception.
The Maldives has been able to weather the storms that it encounters by holding onto a robust foreign policy that rests on Islamic principles of tolerance and respect together with diplomacy and engagement. I am confident that the strategic steps that we take at every critical moment that the country’s self-determination is threatened have ensured that the Maldives maintains a strong position in the international community.
I thank you.
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