US Special Representative to Muslim communities meets President Nasheed; Denmark to support climate change projects in Maldives; President Nasheed visits Sri Lanka to attend Rajapaksa's swearing-in ceremony; IMF to delay paying loan to the Maldives; Int
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  • President Mohamed Nasheed met with the US State Department’s Special Representative to Muslim Communities Ms Farah Pandith at the President’s Office.1 The Danish Minister for Development Cooperation Mr Søren Pind has announced that Denmark would fund the Maldives’ climate change projects through its fast-track initiative. Reportedly, Denmark will provide funding for infrastructure and capacity building projects in the Maldives.2

    President Nasheed visited Sri Lanka to attend Rajapaksa's swearing-in ceremony on November 19. During the visit, the President was accompanied by Speaker of the People’s Majlis Abdulla Shahid, Special Envoy of the President Ibrahim Hussain Zaki and Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Ahmed Shaheed and Minister of Defence and National Security Amin Faisal. However, President had to cut short his official visit to Sri Lanka following the passing away of father of First Lady Laila Ali.3 Meanwhile, since the Maldives has failed to carry out fiscal reforms, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has decided to delay paying out part of a US$92.5 million loan to the Maldives.4

    According to the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), the international arrivals to the Maldives were up by 27 per cent during the month of August this year when compared to the same period the previous year. It has contributed strong growth to the overall number of tourists arriving within the South Asia region during August, 2010.5

    In other developments, a medical camp was organised jointly by Naval officers of the warship USS Momsum and medical staff of the Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) at the Children’s Park in Male’.6