Malé, Maldives – Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that Fathullah Jameel Building has not opened due to the lack of equipment and facilities in the new building.
In an interview given by Communication Director of the Foreign Ministry Miuwaan Mohamed to a local online media, he stated that the equipments needed for the new building are being procured and that the network cables inside the office are also being put. He also told that transferring of equipments from the temporary Foreign Ministry building was also ongoing.
Miuwaan said that he cannot say an exact date about when the services of the Foreign Ministry will shift to the new building and that the ministry was doing everything they can to fully open the building as soon as possible.
Due to the reconstructions of the Foriegn Ministry building with the help of the Chinese government, the Foreign Ministry has been working in a temporary building made near the Hulhumalé ferry terminal in Malé.
The reconstructions were also made by the Shanghai Construction group of China starting from December 2019. The building was given to the Maldivian government after the finishing of reconstructions, last year December 31.
The Foreign Ministry building is now named Fathullah Jameel Building after the Former Foreign Minister of Maldives who served for a period of 27 years. The building was renamed following the renovation of the building. The Ministry however, has not yet said anything regarding the naming of the building.
Fathullah Jameel is the longest serving Foreign Minister in the history of Maldives as well as the longest serving Minister of any one Ministry. Fathullah Jameel, who passed away on March 1, 2012 was also bestowed upon one of the highest Maldivian honours bestowed upon an individual, the honourable Order of the Distinguished Rule of Izzuddin for his services to the country.