The Parliament Secretariat has confirmed that Sri Lanka, Seychelles, and China will participate in the Presidential Inauguration with representation at the heads of state level.

Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe will be the highest-level delegate in attendance.

China will be represented by Presidential Special Envoy, Shen Yijin.

Special Envoy of the President of China and State Councillor Shen Yiqin (centre). | Photo: MFA

A special delegation will represent US President Joe Biden, led by Samantha Power, administrator of the United States Agency for International Development. Other members of the delegation will include White House Senior Director of National Security Sarah Ladislaw and US Ambassador to the Maldives Hugo Yue-Ho Yon.

India’s Earth Science Minister Kiren Rijiju will attend as a special envoy of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

India’s Earth Science Minister Kiren Rijiju (centre) will attend President-elect Mohamed Muizzu’s inauguration as a special envoy of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. | Photo: MFA

Seychelles will be represented by Vice President Ahmed Afeef.

Vice President of Seychelles Ahmed Afif (L) greeted at Velana International Airport (VIA) by Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid. | Photo: MFA

A spokesperson for the Parliament Secretariate said 12 nations will send ministerial-level representatives, while other nations have dispatched representatives from their leaders. These include the United States, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and South Korea. Top officials from five international organisations will also attend.

In total, 46 countries will be present, along with some regional organisations like SAARC, OIC, and UNDP,” he said.

Meanwhile, final preparations are underway at the Republic Square in Male’ City for the swearing-in ceremony of President-elect Dr Mohamed Muizzu and Vice President-elect Hussain Mohamed Latheef. 

Approximately 4,500 people have been invited to the Presidential Inauguration which is expected to begin at 4:45 p.m. on Friday.