China surpasses UK and Italy in terms of number of tourists visiting Maldives; President Nasheed meets with German delegation to discuss a joint environmental project; UK opposes Maldives’ seabed claim;
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  • China is the highest contributor to the tourist arrivals to the Maldives as it covers 15.3 percent of the total the total tourists arrivals. According to Tourism Ministry of the Maldives’ statistics, China has surpassed UK and Italy which contribute 14.9 per cent and 12.6 per cent respectively to the total tourists arrivals in Maldives. Tourist arrivals from Europe have decreased, the report added.1

    President Mohamed Nasheed met with German Ambassador to the Maldives, Mr Jens Plötner and members of the appraisal mission of German Agency for Technical Cooperation (GTZ) to the Maldives on 28 September.2 They had discussions on the development of a joint environmental project.3

    The UK Foreign Office expressed its “formal opposition” at the United Nations, to a Maldives’ claim for an expanded tract of the Indian Ocean seabed that may encroach upon British overseas territory.4

    The Maldivian delegation in the 15th Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva introduced a resolution to appoint a Special Rapportuer to promote and protect the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association across the world on behalf of the Czech Republic, Indonesia, Lithuania, Mexico, Nigeria and the United States which was unanimously adopted by the Council.5

    President Mohamed Nasheed met a delegation from the United States Department of Justice, who visited the Maldives to make a prison assessment on September 28.6 In other developments, President of the Maldives Mohamed Nasheed met with Ms Terhi Hakala, Ambassador of Finland accredited to the Maldives in New Delhi and discussed on issues like climate change, renewable energy and human rights.7