President Nasheed meets with His Royal Highness Prince Andrew

President Nasheed meets with His Royal Highness Prince Andrew

President Mohamed Nasheed has met with His Royal Highness Prince Andrew, the Duke of York at a meeting held Wednesday at the President’s Office.

In their meeting President Nasheed and Prince Andrew discussed ways of strengthening bilateral relations and the possible areas of cooperation between the Maldives and the United Kingdom.

President Nasheed briefed Prince Andrew on the status of the economy of the country and underscored the urgency of aid and assistances to the Maldives. Speaking on the Government’s plans to open up state owned businesses for joint venture, President Nasheed also briefed the Prince on the ongoing joint venture with Cable and Wireless.

President Nasheed also emphasised the importance of increasing the presence of voluntary service organisations in the country, and said that the Government was working to attract overseas voluntary workers. He also said that the country needed technical assistance for joint venture projects undertaken by the Government. Furthermore, the President said the Government wanted to further develop Gan International Airport and develop hospitals in the country.

Prince Andrew inquired on areas of assistance that the Maldives needed, and noted the importance of teacher training and human resource capacity building for the Maldives.

At the meeting, the President extended an invitation to Queen Elizabeth II or any member of the Royal family to make a visit to the Maldives.

The meeting was attended by Vice President Dr Mohamed Waheed, Special Envoy of the President Ibrahim Hussain Zaki, Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, British High Commissioner to the Maldives Dr. Peter Heyes, Maldives’ Press and Political Officer at the British High Commission in Colombo Ms Sabra Noordeen, Cabinet Secretary at the President’s Office Abdulla Saeed, Policy Secretary at the President’s Office Abdulla Bari Abdulla, and Press Secretary at the President’s Office Mohamed Zuhari.

Source: Haveeru

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