New Ambassador of Slovak Republic to the Maldives, Mr Marián Tomášik has presented his Credentials to President Mohamed Nasheed, at a ceremony held at the President’s Office, this afternoon.

After the presentation of credentials, the President and the Ambassador discussed bilateral relations between the two countries and ways of further strengthening these relations. Discussions were also focused enhancing tourism cooperation between two countries.

Speaking at the meeting, the President sought the support of the Slovak Republic for the Maldives candidature for membership of UN Human Rights Council.

President Nasheed said the Maldives was seeking the membership of the Human Rights Council because human rights was the main agenda of the democratic reforms in the Maldives. He said the government felt that the Maldives’ experience could be beneficial for other countries in the area of protecting and promoting human rights.

Ambassador Tomášik assured the President of his full commitment to further strengthening the relations between the Maldives and Slovak Republic during his tenure as the Ambassador of Slovakia to the Maldives.

The meeting was attended President’s Political Advisor Mr Hassan Afeef and Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Ahmed Shaheed.