High Commission to Boost Australian Trade in the North East Indian Ocean

Foreign Minister Marise Payne announced the opening of the new Australian High Commission in the Maldives, with a view to strengthening engagement, investment and connection with the archipelago nation.

In a statement, Payne said a permanent diplomatic presence in the Republic of Maldives was a “significant step” in expanding Australia’s relationship with “an important Indian Ocean neighbour”.

“The new Australian High Commission will support both countries’ commitment to democratic institutions and enhance cooperation with multilateral, Commonwealth and regional organisations,” Payne said.

The high commission, based in Male, will build on shared aspirations for a stable, secure and resilient Indo-Pacific, the foreign minister said.

This included opportunities to improve maritime security cooperation and to combat transnational crime.

“It will foster enhanced cooperation on maritime security, the fight against transnational crime, and collaboration on climate change and the blue economy,” Payne said.

Last week, Australia also announced that $36.5 million over five years would be provided for disaster resilience and information sharing in the northeast Indian Ocean. This was in addition to other multi-million dollar investments to support opportunities for trade, investment and connection to nations in the region.

Previously, the Australian High Commission in Colombo, Sri Lanka performed the role of visa and citizen services for people in the Maldives.

The Maldivian Consulate General in Australia, Linton Lethlean, is based in Melbourne, Victoria.


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