Malé, 11 February 2022 (TDI): The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Maldives released an official statement by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Abdulla Shahid. The statement directly addressed the establishment of an Australian High Commission in Malé, Maldives.


Shahid, who also happens to be the President of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), greatly applauded his Australian counterpart’s decision. It was the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Australia, Senator Marise Payne, who announced this plan.

She expressed that it was high time the very first Australian High Commission be constructed in the Maldives. Minister Shahid remarked that this was a monumental milestone in the history of the alliance between Australia and the Maldives.

Furthermore, he expressed his unwavering belief that this action would further cement ties between the two nations. It would, he stated, facilitate deeper levels of diplomatic interactions between both countries.

In his statement, Shahid said that the Maldivian Government strongly values its friendship with Australia. Australia continues to play an active role in intensifying socio-economic developments in the Maldives.

It has remained a reliable collaborative partner, increasingly in the spheres of climate change, human resource development, human rights, democracy, and so on.

The Maldivian Minister reiterated his confidence in this project as providing an influential platform to increase diplomatic dialogue with Australia. He also added that this would expand the magnitude of the long-standing bilateral ties between the two countries.

In effect, it would also play a part in strengthening connections between Australian and Maldivian locals. Lastly, the Foreign Minister stated that the Maldivian Government was dedicated to supporting this initiative. It would provide any necessary resources or assistance to the Government of Australia in establishing the High Commission in Malé.