President Mohamed Nasheed, in his weekly radio address has highlighted his recent visit to Europe.

During the visit, the President travelled to Germany, Iceland, Switzerland and Finland.
President said his trip was a very successful visit and expressed hope that it would bring more assistance to the Maldives.

On his visit to Germany, President said he was confident that the Maldives would receive assistance in capacity building, especially in the area of Sharia and law. He also said he sought German assistance in providing utility services to the people of Maldives.

Speaking on his visit to Iceland, President Nasheed said that the Maldives and Iceland shared many similarities. He noted that a high percentage of total primary energy supply in Iceland is derived from renewable energy sources.

He also revealed that the Maldives was negotiating a partnership agreement with Iceland to increase assistance for the Maldives’ developmental projects.

During the President’s visit to Switzerland, the Government of Maldives and La Compagnie Benjamin de Rothschild (CTBR) agreed a strategic partnership to take-forward the country’s pledge to become carbon neutral by 2020.

On his visit to Finland, President spoke on the MoU that was signed between the Government and Winwind to begin the initial work of building a wind farm in the Maldives.

In his radio address, the President also spoke on the historical events surrounding the Maldives’ conversion to Islam. He said that the conversion of the Maldives to Islam was generally peaceful.