The Maldives has announced plans to establish an embassy in Ankara, Türkiye, a move aimed at enhancing bilateral relations and promoting political, economic, and cultural ties between the two nations. The decision was made at a cabinet meeting chaired by President Mohamed Muizzu.

The move follows extensive deliberations between officials of both countries during President Muizzu’s recent visit to Türkiye, said Mohamed Firuzul, the Undersecretary for Public Policy at the President’s Office. “The decision to establish an embassy in Türkiye carries significant potential beyond the surface. It’s a strategic move aimed at bolstering the historical diplomatic ties that bind our two nations,” he added.

Firuzul believes the new embassy will greatly benefit Maldivians travelling to Türkiye and those residing there, enabling easier access to consular services. The decision was influenced by various factors, including importing many essential commodities used in daily life and other vital items from Türkiye, the President’s Office said. The move is also part of additional efforts to encourage Turkish investment in the Maldives and increase Maldivian exports to Turkey.

During Muizzu’s visit to Türkiye, the two nations formalised a trade and economic cooperation agreement. The “Agreement on Trade and Economic Cooperation Between the Government of the Republic of the Maldives and the Government of the Republic of Türkiye” was signed after official talks. However, more details of the agreement have yet to be disclosed.

The Maldives and Türkiye established diplomatic relations on 28 May 1979.