President Mohamed Nasheed has today met with a parliamentary group from Finland. The meeting was held this morning at the President’s Office.

Discussions were focused on strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries and on issues of mutual concern such as climate change.

At the meeting, the President briefed the MPs on the democratisation process in the Maldives. The President said there were several challenges ahead as the Maldives tries to consolidate democracy.

The President noted that international engagement with opposition parties was crucial for consolidation of democracy in any country.

The parliamentary group discussed decentralisation process and briefed on the municipal system in Nordic countries.

They also spoke on the underwater cabinet meeting held last month in the Maldives. The MPs said it was very effective in passing the message across the world.