On Tuesday, the Government of Maldives and the Government of Ghana signed two prominent agreements aimed at further strengthening and deepening bilateral relationships between the two countries. The Minister signing ceremony took place at Marlborough House in London, UK on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Foreign Affairs Ministers Meeting.
The agreements were signed on behalf of the Government of Maldives by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Abdulla Shahid. The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration of the Republic of Ghana, Her Excellency Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey represented the Government of Ghana during the signing ceremony. The signing event took place following their meeting in London.
The two agreements signed between Maldives and Ghana outlined the following areas:
1. Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Maldives and the Government of the Republic of Ghana on Mutual Exemption of Visa Requirements for their Respective Nationals.
2. Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Maldives and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration of the Republic of Ghana on Political Consultation.
With the conclusion of the agreements, it marks a step towards a closer bilateral exchange between the countries conducted through periodic consultations between Ministries and the increased people-to-people contact facilitated through the mutual exemption of visa. The Maldives and Ghana initially established diplomatic relations on 10th August 1989.