A delegation of European Union Ambassadors has paid a courtesy call on President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.
The delegation called on President Solih at the President’s Office, on Wednesday and was headed by The EU Ambassador to Maldives, Denis Chaibi.
The delegation included Ambassador of Italy to Maldives Rita Manella, Ambassador of Austria to Maldives Katharina Wieser, Ambassador of Germany to Maldives Holger Seubert, Ambassador of Netherlands to Maldives Bonnie Horbach, Chargé d'affaires at the Embassy of Romania Victor Chiujdea, and Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of France Aurélien Maillet.
The meeting saw the president as well as EU ambassadors engaging in discussions about the agenda for the Maldives – EU Policy Dialogue.
President Solih talked about easing Schengen visa facilitation for Maldivian travelers and raised the matter of easing the tariffs that EU nations levied on the Maldives' fisheries sector exports.
Noting that Maldives is increasingly becoming a crucial actor on the international stage, the EU expressed interest to expand its engagement with Maldives.
As such, the EU ambassadors highlighted the leading role played by the Maldivian Presidency at the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) and congratulated the Maldives on winning its candidature for the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for the term 2023-2025.
Further, the delegation went onto shed light on the significant role that Maldives is situated to play through the UNHRC in bridging cooperation between Western nations and Asia.
The delegation also assured their commitment to work closely with Maldives to elevate the existing Maldives – EU cooperation on all fronts of mutual concern.
The Sixth Maldives – EU Policy Dialogue took place on Wednesday.