President Mohamed Nasheed has today met with Mr Mark Gooding, the British Deputy High Commissioner to the Maldives, to discuss areas of cooperation between the two countries in development domains.

At the meeting held this morning at the President’s Office, discussions were focused on ways of enhancing the close bilateral ties that exist between the Maldives and the UK.

President Nasheed briefed Mr Gooding on the updates of the current political situation in the Maldives as well as on the government’s policies to consolidate and strengthen democracy in the Maldives. The President also noted the assistance of the British government towards the development of the Maldives as well as during the reform process.

Mr Gooding assured that the UK would continue support and assistance towards the government’s efforts to enhance democracy and good governance in the Maldives.

After the meeting, President Nasheed also launched the British High Commission’s Virtual Embassy website in the Maldives, Speaking at the launching ceremony, the President said that the new website would assist Maldivians travelling to the UK and also to maintain the very close relations between the Maldives through the website.

Mr Gooding said that the website was aimed at bringing the UK closer to the people of the Maldives. He further said that the UK has very strong ties with the Maldives and that the High Commission aimed at building on the close ties by bringing the services of the British High Commission closer to the Maldives.

The address of the website is