3 Cabinet ministers head to Japan upon conclusion of India visit

Combined file photos of (from L-R) Minister of Economic Development, Fayyaz Ismail; Minister of Finance, Ibrahim Ameer; and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Abdulla Shahid.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulla Shahid, Minister of Economic Development Fayyaz Ismail and Minister of Finance Ibrahim Ameer have departed to Japan upon conclusion of their trip to India as part of Maldivian President’s State visit.

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih concluded his State visit to India and returned home last Tuesday night.

However, ministers Shahid, Fayyaz and Ameer stayed behind, and announced they will be flying out directly to Tokyo, Japan, next.

Foreign Minister Shahid tweeted last Tuesday night that the three Cabinet ministers were flying out from New Delhi to Tokyo for discussions with senior Japanese government officials.

He did not disclose any details regarding the nature of the planned discussions.

Speaking to press upon conclusion of the State visit to India last Tuesday, Shahid hailed the visit as the foundation to establishing strong ties with bilateral partners.

He said that Maldives will not be a reason for ties between any two nations to sour, and pledged to make Maldives a trustworthy and honorable nation in the eyes of the international community.

Foreign Minister Shahid has so far visited two foreign nations since assuming office; twice to India and once to UAE.

Japan will be his third.