President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has met with several foreign dignitaries at the sidelines of the Indian Ocean Conference (IOC). The sessions took place this evening following the inauguration ceremony of the IOC at Paradise Island Resort where the President made opening remarks.

The President met with dignitaries from ten different countries and discussed issues pertinent to several different important spheres, such as the mounting threats of global warming, radicalization and illicit trafficking.

The list of dignitaries the President met with are as follows:

His Excellency Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal

His Excellency Sayyid Badr bin Hamad Al-Busaidi, Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Sultanate of Oman

His Excellency Shahriar Alam, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of Bangladesh

Her Excellency Macsuzy Mondon, Minister of Home Affairs, Local Government, Youth, Sports, Culture, and Risk & Disaster Management (Designated Minister) from the Republic of Seychelles

His Excellency Nandcoomar Bodha, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade of the Republic of Mauritius

His Excellency Ahmed Ali Al Sayegh, Minister of State to the United Arab Emirates (UAE)

His Excellency Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Singapore

His Excellency Tandi Dorji, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Bhutan

Her Excellency Toshiko Abe, State Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan

His Excellency Joaquim Jose Gusmao Dos Reis Martins, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste

The 4th edition of Indian Ocean Conference (IOC) is organized by India Foundation in association with Government of the Maldives and S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Singapore. The theme of IOC 2019 is ‘Securing the Indian Ocean Region: Traditional and Non-Traditional Challenges’.