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A mission of Senior Officials from the European Union (EU) will arrive in Male on the 13 January 2018 for a three-day working visit to the Maldives before proceeding to Colombo, Sri Lanka.
The mission will be led by the European External Action Service (EEAS) Deputy Managing Director for Asia Department, Mrs Paola Pampaloni, who will be accompanied by the Head of the EU Delegation to the Maldives, Mr Tung-Lai Margue, and the EEAS Head of Division for South Asia, Mrs Caroline Vinot.
The delegation will have official meetings with government representatives, in particular the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Minister for Environment and Energy, the Minister for Home Affairs, the Minister for Fisheries and Agriculture, and the Minister of Defence and National Security. A meeting with the Speaker of the Majlis and with the General Attorney are also foreseen. The EU officials will meet with representatives of the main political parties, both from government and opposition, as well as with civil society organisations.
The visit reflects the mutual interest for strengthening EU-Maldives dialogue and cooperation. The meetings will allow reviewing the state of play of EU-Maldives cooperation and opportunities for further developments on various thematic issues such as the fight against climate change, environmental protection, the fight against terrorism and prevention efforts, and strengthening regional cooperation. The political situation and the preparation of elections in 2018 will also be on the agenda.