It has taken the lead in calling for a South Asian Free Trade Agreement, the formulation of a Social Charter, the initiation of informal political consultations in SAARC forums, the lobbying for greater action on environmental issues, the proposal of numerous human rights measures such as the regional convention on child rights and for setting up a SAARC Human Rights Resource Centre. Diplomatic relations between the Maldives and Russia were established during the Soviet Union period. {001}. U.S. Navy vessels have regularly called at Malé in recent years. [29] The Maldives has rejected offers by Mauritius to open negotiations on the demarcation of the maritime boundary between the Chagos Archipelago, which forms part of the British Indian Ocean Territory, claimed by Mauritius. From 1978 to 2008 there were no official relations between two countries. {001}, The Maldives and Guyana established diplomatic relations on 15 April 1994. {001}, The Maldives and Chile established diplomatic relations on 1 March 1987. {001}. [26], The Maldives and Antigua and Barbuda established diplomatic relations on 25 May 2002. At the UN, the Maldives has highlighted the vulnerability of small states to various threats including terrorism, activities of mercenaries and transnational organized crime. Foreign minister Dunya Maumoon also announced that the Maldives would fully support Palestinians at international forums such as the United Nations Human Rights Council and offer them humanitarian aid.[5]. During the same period, the country has also intensified links with the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) and joined the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU). [17] Both countries were founding members of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) in December 1985. Indonesia was the 22nd country to establish diplomatic relations with Maldives. {001}, The Maldives and Tonga established diplomatic relations on 1 August 1989. And on 26 November 2009, diplomatic relations with Montenegro were established. While strongly supportive of the Palestinian cause, the Maldives had not, however, supported earlier calls for the expulsion of Israel from the United Nations, upholding its commitment to maintaining the universality of the UN. Diplomatic relations between the Maldives and Azerbaijan were established on 20 December 1994. The Maldives maintain resident diplomatic missions in Colombo, New Delhi, Islamabad, Dhaka, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, New York, Tokyo, Beijing, Riyadh, London, Geneva, and the European Union, and non-resident accreditation in a number of countries including Nepal and Bhutan. Bilateral relations between the Republic of India and the Republic of Maldives have been friendly and close in strategic, economic and military cooperation. 33, Diplomatic relations between the Maldives and Iceland were established on 30 January 1990. Both countries established diplomatic relations on 6 December 1983. [3] However, the renewed relationship did not develop into full diplomatic relations. The Maldives were a founder member in 1985 of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) and the nation plays a very active role in the association. [7][8], India and Maldives officially and amicably decided their maritime boundary in 1976,[7] although a minor diplomatic incident occurred in 1982 when the brother of the President of Maldives Maumoon Abdul Gayoom declared that the neighbouring Minicoy Island that belonged to India were a part of Maldives; Maldivies quickly and officially denied that it was laying claim to the island. {001}, The Maldives and Solomon Islands established diplomatic relations on 18 October 1989. {001}. This decision was met with some opposition in the Maldives. 47, The Maldives and Papua New Guinea established diplomatic relations on 23 September 1988. [9] Both nations are founding members of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), the South Asian Economic Union and signatories to the South Asia Free Trade Agreement. The Maldives became a member of the following UN agencies and conferences on the following dates: The United Nations Development Programme has a representative resident in Malé, as do UNICEF and World Health Organization (WHO). The Maldives has remained an independent nation throughout its recorded history, save for a brief spell of Portuguese occupation in the mid-16th century. China and Maldives established diplomatic relations on 14 October 1972. 38, The Maldives and Vanuatu established diplomatic relations on 27 January 1988. [18] On 13 February 2014 Zahiya Zareer was appointed by President Abdulla Yameen as High Commissioner to Sri Lanka. Chinese investments and Aid to Maldives increased. {001}, The Maldives and Barbados established diplomatic relations on 29 November 1989. The countries had diplomatic relations from 1965 to 1974. [30], Both countries established diplomatic relations on 27 July 1994. [citation needed]. {00}, Diplomatic relations between Maldives and Brunei were established on 31 March 1984. The Maldives became a member of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) on 1 January 2000. [11], Maldives and Myanmar established diplomatic relations on 15 January 1970.40 In September 2017, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Maldives announced that it was ceasing all trade ties with Myanmar in response to the government's treatment of the Rohingya people in Rakhine State. {001}, The Maldives and Canada established diplomatic relations on 14 December 1981. The Maldives has become a very strong advocate for the promotion and protection of human rights following the democratic transition in 2008. 48. Maldives have an honorary consulate in Athens. {001}. We have created a browser extension. A founder member of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), the Maldives is also a member of the Bretton Woods system. Maldives and Japan established diplomatic relations in November 1967.27, Diplomatic relations between the Maldives and Kazakhstan were established on 15 March 2000.44, The Malaysian High Commission in Colombo is also cross-accredited to the Maldives,[10] and Maldives has a high commission in Kuala Lumpur. The Maldives became a member of Non-Aligned Movement on 15 August 1976. [20], In 2009, under president Mohamed Nasheed, the Maldives signed cooperation agreements with Israel on tourism, health, and education and culture. The Dominican Republic is the 155th country to establish diplomatic relations with the Maldives.24, The Maldives and Guatemala established diplomatic relations on 27 January 1997. Diplomatic relations between the Maldives and Djibouti were established on 7 April 2008. 35, In November 2004, Pakistan Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz visited the Maldives and met with President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom. 42, Both countries established diplomatic relations on 8 March 1988. [19] In 2009, under president Mohamed Nasheed , the Maldives signed cooperation agreements with Israel on tourism, health, and education and culture. [13], The Maldives and Bulgaria established diplomatic relations on 14 August 1984. Foreign minister Dunya Maumoon also announced that the Maldives would fully support Palestinians at international forums such as the United Nations Human Rights Council and offer them humanitarian aid. [3], http://www.asiantribune.com/news/2009/09/30/maldives%E2%80%99-renewed-ties-israel-could-prompt-al-qaeda-attacks-warns-parliamentarian, "Israel renews diplomatic ties with the Maldives, a Muslim country", http://europe.chinadaily.com.cn/world/2014-07/22/content_17894974.htm. [15], Official and economic relations between the neighbouring Indian Ocean countries of the Maldives and Sri Lanka, have been positive since the Maldives became independent in 1965. {001}. I use WIKI 2 every day and almost forgot how the original Wikipedia looks like. As regime changes in Maldives, Israel loses a rare Muslim ally, Israel and Maldives move to normalize relations, The Maldive Islands - Recommendation for travelers, "Maldives to ban Israeli goods, revoke 3 pacts". Economic ties have recently become more important with large inflows of Chinese tourists to the Maldives since 2010. [19], Diplomatic relations between the Maldives and Romania were established on 1 November 1979. In April 2006, the Maldives issued a standing invitation to all special procedures mandates of the UN human rights machinery to visit to the Maldives. However, before being elected for president, Mohamed Nasheed criticized the Communist Party of China saying relations with Communist Chinese were never acceptable due to their views regarding modern democracy. {001}, The following is a list of the current Ambassadors and High Commissioners of the Maldives with their assigned host country:-[47]. 45, Diplomatic relations between Maldives and Bhutan were established on 13 July 1984. Diplomatic relations was established on 21 September 1966. Both countries established diplomatic relations on 27 May 2003. The Republic of Uruguay became the 147th country to establish diplomatic relations with the Maldives.26, Diplomatic relations between the Maldives and Venezuela were established on 1 November 1990. The Maldives established diplomatic relations with Israel in 1965 and suspended them in 1974.

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