Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulla Shahid on Wednesday met with top officials in the United Kingdom (UK) government on Wednesday, centred mainly on discussions regarding Maldives' wish to reintegrate with the Commonwealth.
During his short official visit to London, Minister Shahid first met with parliament member and former Minister of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Hugo Swire. Reportedly, the conversations highlighted Maldives working in cooperation with the Commonwealth.
Following this meeting, the Foreign Minister sat down with UK's Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Jeremy Hunt. In addition to rejoining the Commonwealth, the ministers spoke about climate change issues as well as on the topic of strengthening bilateral ties between UK and Maldives.
Minister Shahid also paid a visit to British MP Mark Field, who serves as the Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific at the UK Foreign Office.
Minister Shahid is currently in London, on his second official visit to the UK since his cabinet appointment as Minister for Foreign Affairs.