Australian High Commissioner visits Maldives

Australian High Commissioner meets with Defence Minister Mariya Didi | Photo: Defence Ministry

Malé, Maldives – The Australian High Commissioner to Maldives, David Holly has met with various members of Maldives government and law enforcement on his visit to the Maldives.

Commissioner Holly met with Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid and discussed the two countries’ growing cooperation and shared engagements in international arenas such as the Commonweath and the United Nations. Minister Shahid shared these common interests and expressed his pleasure having met the High Commissioner.

Australian High Commissioner David Holly paid a courtesy call on Defence Minister Mariya Didi with dialogue focused on defence sector cooperation. The High Commissioner later tweeted to express Australia’s interest towards a more peaceful, secure and prosperous Indian Ocean region.

The High Commissioner visited the MNDF Integrated Headquarters and met with Chief of Defence Major General Abdulla Shamaal and other members of the defence force to discuss strengthening defence and security relations between the two countries. The teams also discussed the possibilities of training MNDF personnel in Australian military schools.

Commissioner Holly also met with the Commissioner of Police, Mohamed Hameed, to discuss areas of mutual interest related to Counter Terrorism, Counter-Narcotics and Policing Reform.

This year marks 47 years of diplomatic relations between Maldives and Australia.