Committee reviews ambassador nominations for UAE, Bangladesh

Combined file photos of (from L-R) Midhfa Naeem and Shiuneen Rasheed.

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih’s nominations for ambassadors to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bangladesh have been sent to the Parliament’s Foreign Relations Committee for review.

President Solih nominated Foreign Ministry’s joint secretary Midhfa Naeem as the new ambassador to the UAE, and the Foreign Ministry’s joint secretary Shiuneen Rasheed as the new ambassador to Bangladesh.

The sent a letter seeking approval for Midhfa’s appointment on August 24, and for Shiuneen’s appointment on September 5.

Midhfa is set to replace Aminath Shabina, and Shiuneen is set to replace Shiruzimath Zameer.

The two letters were read at the Parliament on Tuesday, after weeks of cancellation of sittings and stall of committee work.

Deputy Speaker Eva Abdulla, who chaired Tuesday’s sitting, sent the nominations to the Foreign Relations Committee for review.

The review of nominations to the diplomatic missions comes after President-elect Dr. Mohamed Muizzu asked for a freeze on new appointments during the transition period. But the nominations were made before Muizzu made the request.

President Solih had said he would respect Muizzu’s request.