Parliament approves appointment of ambassadors for 8 regions, review ongoing for remaining two

23 Apr 2024 | 22:06
Foreign Relations Committee meeting (Photo/ Parliament)

In a landmark decision, the Parliament's Foreign Relations Committee has granted approval for eight out of ten ambassador nominations put forward by President Dr. Mohamed Muizzu.

This pivotal decision follows an extensive review process conducted during a committee session held today.

The approved nominees and their respective ambassadorial assignments are as follows:

1. Mohamed Hussain Shareef (Mundhu) - Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates: Shareef brings a wealth of diplomatic experience, having previously served as the Maldives' Ambassador to Japan during the administration of former President Abdulla Yameen.

2. Iruthisham Adam - Ambassador to the United Kingdom: Iruthisham, a seasoned diplomat, previously held the esteemed position of Minister of Youth, showcasing her dedication to public service and international relations.

3. Ali Naseer Mohamed (Aliny) -  Maldives' Permanent Representative to the United Nations: Ali Naseer Mohamed, who has served as the Foreign Secretary and Ambassador at-Large, possesses a wealth of expertise in diplomatic affairs and multilateral negotiations.

4. Masood Imad - Ambassador to Sri Lanka: Masood Imad, formerly the Press Secretary under the administration of former President Dr. Mohamed Waheed, brings extensive experience in communications and public relations to his new role.

5. Mariyam Shabeena Ahmed - Ambassador to Malaysia: Shabeena's appointment underscores the government's commitment to fostering strong bilateral relations with Malaysia and promoting economic cooperation between the two nations.

6. Geela Ali - Maldives' Ambassador to Belgium and the European Union: With a background as the former Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Health, Ali is well-positioned to represent the Maldives' interests in Europe and engage with EU institutions.

7. Dr. Salma Rasheed - Maldives' Permanent Representative in Geneva: Salma Rasheed's appointment highlights the government's dedication to engaging with international organizations and addressing key global issues such as human rights and sustainable development.

Salma Rasheed is the younger sister of MP-elect for Central Maafannu constituency Asma Rasheed.

She is the aunt of Mohamed Hussain Shareef (Mundhu), who was approved as the Ambassador to the UAE.

8. Mohamed Luweiz - Confirmed as the Ambassador to Singapore: Luweiz, who previously served as the Minister of State for Economic Relations and played a role in the Economic and Youth Council under former President Abdulla Yameen's government, brings valuable insights into economic diplomacy and bilateral cooperation.

However, the Parliament's Foreign Relations Committee is still in the process of reviewing the nominations of Dr. Fazeel Najeeb for China and Shiuneen Rasheed for Bangladesh, as documents related to their nominations are pending from the courts.

Hussain Shaheem (Andhun Hussain), the Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, emphasized that interviews for Dr. Fazeel and Shiuneen would be scheduled once the required documents are received.