Delegation of the European Union to Sri Lanka and Maldives

EU-Maldives ad hoc political consultations

Bruxelles, 27/06/2018 - 19:12, UNIQUE ID: 180627_20
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Senior officials from the European Union External Action Service met with a Ministerial delegation from the Government of Maldives on 27 June 2018 in Brussels to discuss the political situation in the Maldives.

The EU officials addressed with the Maldivian delegation the continuing deterioration of democracy in the Maldives, in line with the conclusions of all 28 EU Foreign Ministers on 26 February 2018, which also refers to possible targeted measures if the situation does not improve. The discussions focused on the critical importance of credible, transparent and inclusive Presidential elections in the Maldives both for the democracy in the country and for future relations between the EU and the Government of Maldives.

The EU underlined that the parliament and the judiciary should be enabled to return to their normal functioning in accordance with the Constitution and opposition parties should be enabled to perform their role in accordance with democratic standards. In particular, the EU reiterated the importance of the Maldivian Government and leaders of the opposition engaging in a genuine dialogue to address key democratic issues.

Mr Christian Leffler, EEAS Deputy Secretary-General, accompanied by Ms Paola Pampaloni, Deputy Managing Director for Asia and the Pacific, and Mr Tung-Lai Margue, the Ambassador of the European Union to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, represented the EU. The Maldivian delegation was led by Mr Mohamed Asim, Minister of Foreign Affairs, who was accompanied by Mr Mohamed Shainee, Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture and Ms Aishath Azima Shakoor, Minister for Legal Affairs.

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