Joint Press Release of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Maldives

13 May 2019

The Romanian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Teodor Meleșcanu, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Maldives, Abdulla Shahid, met in Bucharest, on 10 May 2019, to hold a round of bilateral consultations, on the occasion of Minister Shahid’s official visit to Romania from 9 to 13 May 2019.

Marking four decades since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Romania and the Maldives, the two Ministers reviewed the ongoing cooperation and expressed their interest in further consolidating the bilateral relations.

Consultations focused on avenues of cooperation in trade, tourism, education, food industry, as well as on opportunities for exchange of technical expertise in the areas of disaster risk management and climate change. The two chief diplomats also exchanged views on the current state of regional affairs and reiterated their commitment to multilateralism, while agreeing to deepen cooperation in the international fora.

On this occasion, the two Ministers signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Romania and Maldives, which will give impetus to the bilateral political-diplomatic dialogue by establishing a mechanism for regular consultations on bilateral and regional issues.

Minister Abdulla Shahid’s visit to Romania includes a courtesy call on the Vice Prime Minister for the implementation of Romania's Strategic Partnerships, Mrs. Ana Birchall, as well as meetings with the leadership of the Ministry for Business Environment, Commerce and Entrepreneurship, the Ministry of Interior Affairs and with the Director General of the Romanian Diplomatic Institute.