Parliament has given its approval for the appointment of ambassadors to three countries. This marks the second group of ambassadors and representatives nominated by President Mohamed Muizzu, whom parliament has approved.

At Monday’s sitting, the Parliament gave its nod to the nomination of Fazeel Najeeb as the Maldives’ ambassador to China. Najeeb, who previously served as the governor of the Maldives Monetary Authority (MMA), secured the approval of 35 lawmakers.

The Parliament also confirmed Shiuneen Rasheed’s nomination as the ambassador to Bangladesh. Thirty-five lawmakers endorsed Rasheed’s appointment. The third ambassadorial nomination approved by parliament was that of Mohamed Thaha. President Muizzu had put forth his name as the ambassador to Saudi Arabia, and his nomination was approved with the votes of 33 lawmakers.

On Tuesday, President Muizzu handed over letters of appointment to the newly confirmed ambassadors, high commissioners, and representatives at a ceremony held at the President’s Office. Among the appointees were Mohamed Hussain Shareef, the ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Iruthisham Adam, the high commissioner to the United Kingdom (UK).

Dr Ali Naseer Mohamed was appointed the Maldives’ permanent representative to the United Nations (UN), while Geela Ali was appointed ambassador to Belgium and the European Union (EU). Dr Mariyam Shabeena Ahmed and Masood Imad were appointed high commissioners to Malaysia and Sri Lanka, respectively.

Dr Salma Rasheed was appointed as the Maldives’ representative to the UN Offices in Geneva, Switzerland, and Mohamed Luveiz was appointed as the high commissioner to Singapore. Najeeb, also part of the group, was handed over the letter of appointment as the Maldives’ new ambassador to China.