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Minister Shahid concludes trip to Finland

Ahmed Aiham
30 November 2019, MVT 20:51
Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulla Shahid concluded a three-day official visit to Finland on Friday. PHOTO: MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Ahmed Aiham
30 November 2019, MVT 20:51

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Abdulla Shahid on Friday, concluded his official visit to Finland.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulla Shahid notes Finnish Ambassador to Maldives as "instrumental" in bolstering Maldives-Finland relations. PHOTO: TWITTER

During the visit, Minister Shahid held a meeting with his Finnish counterpart Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto, during which they confirmed an Air Service Agreement between Maldives and Finland, enabling commercial air transport between the two countries.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulla Shahid met Finnish counterpart Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto. PHOTO: TWITTER

Moreover, Shahid met with Finland Minister of Education Li Andersson, who expressed Finland’s readiness to work closely in enhancing education cooperation between the countries. The top diplomat noted interest in learning and benefitting from the world-renowned Finnish education model and establishing contacts with academic institutions in Finland.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulla Shahid and Finland Minister of Education Li Andersson. PHOTO: TWITTER

The Minister also participated in a roundtable discussion organised by Finland Chamber of Commerce, for the Finnish business community on investing in Maldives, followed by a presentation on 'Investing in the Maldives' by Minister of State for Economic Development Mohamed Iaad Hameed.

The Maldives delegation arrived in Finland on an official visit on November 27. PHOTO: TWITTER

Further, Shahid met leading floating solutions provider Marinetek and attended a luncheon hosted by Wärtsilä, a global leader in smart technologies in the marine and energy market.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulla Shahid attended a luncheon hosted by Finnish smart technology company Wärtsilä. PHOTO: MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulla Shahid met with various companies of the Finnish private sector. PHOTO: TWITTER

Foreign Minister requested Finland to support Maldives’s bid to obtain visa-free access for Maldivians travelling to EU countries and the exemption of tax for the export of Maldivian tuna to the EU market.F

Shahid is accompanied by Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Ahmed Khaleel, Non-Resident Ambassador of Maldives to Finland Ahmed Latheef and Director at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Shiuneen Rasheed.

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