Two ambassadors to the Maldives have presented their credentials to President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.
In separate ceremonies held at the President's Office, the newly appointed Australian High Commissioner, David Jessup, and the newly appointed United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ambassador, Sheikh Rahma Bin Abdul Rahman Bin Rahma Al Shamsi, presented their credentials to President Solih on Monday.
During the meeting with the Australian High Commissioner Jessup, President Solih and the High Commissioner emphasised the timely nature of the opening of the Australian High Commission in the Maldives, as next year marks the 50th anniversary of establishing bilateral relations between the two nations. President Solih noted the progress made in strengthening ties between the Maldives and Australia and expressed his gratitude to the Australian government for providing capacity-building and training opportunities that have contributed to the development of the Maldives. President Solih and High Commissioner Jessup addressed various topics of mutual interest, including higher education, trade, climate change, air connectivity, tourism, defence and security, and economic cooperation.
Similarly, during the meeting with the UAE Ambassador, President Solih expressed his pleasure in welcoming Ambassador Sheikh Rahma to the Maldives. The two dignitaries discussed the strong bilateral relations between their respective countries and explored potential avenues for further cooperation. President Solih highlighted the significant role played by the UAE in developing the Maldives and its contributions towards improving the Maldivian economy, expressing his sincere gratitude to the government and the people of the UAE.