President departs on official visit to France

President Mohamed Nasheed departed on an official visit to France this morning.

President Nasheed will hold talks with French Environment Minister Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet and French Foreign Minister Alain Juppé.

According to the President’s Office, discussions will focus on bilateral French aid and official assistance programmes to the Maldives.

President Nasheed will also meet senior management of Agence Française de Développement (AFD), a French international development agency, to discuss development and financial assistance in terms of access to water and sanitation.

Meanwhile the President has also invited to the fourth annual Democracy Forum to be held in Bali, Indonesia in December.

The letter of invitation was presented to Special Envoy of the President Ibrahim Hussain Zaki by the Special Envoy of Indonesia Abdurrahman Mohammad Fachir at a meeting that took place at the President’s Office.