President Waheed meets UN Secretary General

President Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan yesterday met with Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-Moon in New York.

“Today I met with UNSG Ban Ki-moon,” read the President’s official Twitter feed. “Now that transfer of power is proven legitimate, he said it is time to move ahead with the nation.”

Waheed is in New York to address the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) which opened last Tuesday.

“I will focus my address on the present treatment of smaller nations and special efforts to maintain independence and sovereignty of such nations. I will also touch on the way Maldives was treated by some of the larger countries,” he told Haveeru before his departure.

He is also reported to be attending the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) meeting which meets annually in the wings of the UNGA.

After the Commission of National Inquiry (CNI) conferred legitimacy on February’s transfer of power, the government has urged CMAG to remove the Maldives from its investigative agenda.

Opposition politicians, including former President Mohamed Nasheed, have argued that CMAG’s revised mandate warrants keeping the country on the agenda.

CMAG are scheduled to discuss the issue on September 28.