UN, UNDP catch up on country, economy with President

Assistant Secretary General at the United Nations and the Assistant Administrator at UNDP Ajay Chibber today paid a courtesy call to President Mohamed Nasheed to discuss the current state of affairs in the Maldives.

At the meeting held at the President’s Office, President Nasheed noted that maintaining relations between the organisations and the Maldives was an important factor in continued national development.

The President also updated Chibber on the current political environment in the Maldives. The country’s Islamic Ministry reacted strongly to UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay, who called for a moratorium against flogging last month. A Protest to Defend Islam is scheduled for December 23.

The President later called the controversy, which included protests and letters of complaint to Parliament and the UN, a missed opportunity to demonstrate “the nobility of Islamic Shariah.”

The UN Assistant Secretary General said the development of national institutions was critical towards the Maldives’ ongoing transition into the middle income country category.