Maldives rejoins the Commonwealth

Maldives rejoins the Commonwealth

Maldives President Abdulla Yameen (L) and Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland.

The tiny nation, famous for its spectacular honeymoon beaches, rejoined the Commonwealth yesterday after completing its membership transition in the rare instance where a state has returned to the table of nations.

'The UK, the Commonwealth's most populous member, was the first to congratulate President Abdulla Yameen.

'The visit is another step forward in a rapid, transformational period for the Maldives, the longest running constitutional monarchy in the world,' said Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland.

State head of the Maldives, Mrs Yameen Abdul Gayoom, attended the Commonwealth Secretary-General's forum last year in the Island nation, which has a population of just 290,000, as part of the gradual transfer of membership.

She stood alongside Scotland at the Commonwealth Secretary-General's forum last year in the Island nation, which has a population of just 290,000, as part of the gradual transfer of membership.

Minister for Commonwealth Affairs Baroness Scotland added: 'The Commonwealth contributes to people’s lives by meeting their national, regional and global aspirations. It is a vital forum for the UK government to engage with the many nations in our shared space.'

Yameen was confirmed president of the Maldives in 2013 and took over in 2015.

He is believed to have become one of the world's wealthiest men through the estates and businesses inherited from his father.

He has urged his people to repay the debt for making the country a wealthy holiday destination through tourism.

The Commonwealth secretary-general took her ceremonial post in 2013, having spent nearly 20 years working for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Scotland became the first female Commonwealth secretary-general in 2018.


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