The High Commissioner of Australia to the Maldives, David Holly, paid his farewell call on Vice President Faisal Naseem on Wednesday. The meeting was held at the President’s Office.

Speaking with the High Commissioner, the Vice President conveyed greetings and good wishes and expressed gratitude for his continued support and assistance to the Maldives during his tenure. The Vice President highlighted that Australia has been a longstanding partner with the Maldives and remains a close friend and ally. He noted the generous assistance and the continued support rendered by the High Commissioner and the Government of Australia to the Maldives, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Vice President and the High Commissioner spoke about areas in which the Maldives and Australia presently cooperate, including higher education, human resource development, defence and security cooperation, tourism, and multilateral cooperation. They also spoke further about future collaborations on mutual interests, including the climate crisis; safety and security in the Indian Ocean region and drug rehabilitation.

Concluding the call, the Vice President expressed gratitude and wished the High Commissioner success in his future endeavours.