Maldives FM departs to US to bolster ties

Maldivian Foreign Minister Moosa Zameer. (Photo/President's Office)

Maldives’ top diplomat has departed to the United States, seeking to bolster ties between the two countries.

Foreign Minister Moosa Zameer left for Washington D.C. on Sunday night.

According to a statement released by the Foreign Ministry, Zameer will be in the US from Monday to Thursday.

During the visit, Zameer will meet with senior officials from the US government and the United Nations (UN).

According to the Foreign Ministry, the visit seeks to “further strengthen the Maldives – US partnership and reaffirm commitment to multilateralism.”

The visit begins in Washington D.C. where Zameer is scheduled to meet with the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, Administrator of the US Agency for International Development, Samantha Power, and other senior government officials.

He will participate in an interactive discussion at the prestigious Council of Foreign Relations, followed by an engagement with the Maldivian community in Washington D.C. 

After wrapping up his official engagements in Washington, D.C., Zameer will travel to New York, where he will meet with the UN Secretary General António Guterres and the UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, Li Junhua.

Zameer is also scheduled to meet with tour operators and travel advisors based in New York, as well as Maldivians residing in New York and New Jersey. 

Zameer is accompanied on the trip by Secretary, Bilateral, Dr. Hala Hameed and Senior Undersecretary, Hassan Hussain Shihab.