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United Kingdom to open Embassy in Maldives

Ahmed Aiham
05 December 2018, MVT 10:55
Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulla Shahid during a press briefing. PHOTO: HASSAN WAHEED/MIHAARU
Ahmed Aiham
05 December 2018, MVT 10:55

United Kingdom's (UK) Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, announced on Tuesday, that an Embassy of the country will be established in Maldives.

United Kingdom's Foreign Secretary and Parliament Member Jeremy Hunt's tweet announcing an Embassy in Maldives. PHOTO: TWITTER/JEREMY HUNT

According to the Government of UK, Hunt stated that "there are long-standing people to people and institutional ties between the UK and Maldives, including between Parliament and the Majlis."

"It was excellent to hear the news recently that Maldives intends to re-join the Commonwealth. We look forward to working even more closely with the new government to grow our ties as they implement their vision for a democratic Maldives," said the Foreign Secretary.

Minster of Foreign Affairs Abdulla Shahid's tweet in response to United Kingdom announcing their intention to create an Embassy in Maldives. PHOTO: TWITTER/ABDULLA SHAHID

Ministry of Foreign Affairs declared that the government will provide all necessary aid to create the consulate.

Foreign & Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom's tweets following Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt's announcement of an embassy in the Maldives. PHOTO: TWITTER/FOREIGN OFFICE

The Embassy will be the first European nation to open their doors in Maldives.

According to statistics publicized by the Ministry of Tourism, the highest number of tourists by the end of September 2018 hailed from Europe, constituting to over 47 percent of all visitors.

The country with the largest tourism market for Maldives is China, accounting for 20.6 percent of visitors by the end of September this year. China was followed by the United Kingdom at 7.7 percent.