The Australian Ambassador to Maldives, Bryce Hutchesson, on Wednesday paid separate farewell calls on President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and Vice President Faisal Naseem at the President’s Office.
Hutchesson expressed satisfaction for having acted as the Ambassador to Maldives and guaranteed his commitment to further strengthening diplomatic relations.
Additionally, Ambassador Hutchesson also welcomed Maldives’ decision to rejoin the Commonwealth and praised the successes of President Solih’s First 100-Days agenda.
Meanwhile, both the President and Vice President expressed gratitude for Australia’s continued support to Maldives and expressed hopes of strengthening bilateral ties through cooperation on areas of mutual concern.
President Solih highlighted priority areas in Maldivian foreign policy such as human rights, climate change, and democratic consolidation. He also expressed eagerness in working together on anti-corruption measures, judicial reform, and human resource development.
Vice President Faisal also expressed his gratitude to the Australian government for supporting the local education system and highlighted the need to promote Maldivian tourism in Australia.
Ambassador Hutchesson assured his commitment to continue working closely with the government of Maldives in further strengthening bilateral relations between the Maldives and Australia.
Both the President and the Vice President wished the Ambassador success in all his future endeavours.