H.E. Dr. Ahmeed Shaheed, Foreign Minister of Maldives, called on Lyonpo Khandu Wangchuk, Minister in Charge of Foreign Affairs on 26 April 2010.
Dr. Ahmeed Shaheed said that Climate Change was the most appropriate theme for the Summit and the SAARC member countries should form a strategic partnership to combat the negative effects of climate change. He mentioned that the President of Maldives was looking forward to discussing an Asian Climate Initiative.
The two ministers also explored ways to forge closer ties between Bhutan and Maldives in the areas of economic development, discussed challenges of graduation of the two countries from LDC status and shared experiences of democratic changes that the two countries underwent recently.
Dr Shaheed commended the philosophy of GNH and expressed the need to introduce such values in the Maldives.
Dr Shaheed arrived in the country on 26 April 2010 to attend the Thirty Second Session of the SAARC Council of Ministers leading to the Sixteenth SAARC Summit.
26 April 2010
Ministry of Foreign Affairs