The new British High Commissioner to the Maldives, Mr James Dauris, presented his letter of credence from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to H E President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom on Monday 25 May, 2015 at a formal ceremony at the President’s Office in Malé.
President Yameen congratulated the High Commissioner on his appointment. After the ceremony, the President and the High Commissioner met to discuss the long standing bilateral ties between the UK and the Maldives, areas of international co-operation, and strengthening democracy.
Mr Dauris said: “I am delighted to be Britain’s High Commissioner to the Republic of Maldives. Our two countries enjoy strong people-to-people and education links. We share interests including, for example, in an ambitious outcome from the international climate change negotiations in Paris later this year. As a friend of the Maldives we also share the Maldivian people’s desire for democracy to flourish.”
Mr Dauris joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 1995 and served most recently as British Ambassador to Peru. Prior to that, he served in Colombia and Moscow; he has also worked in London on South Asian and European Union issues.
Mr Dauris has a degree in law from the University of Cambridge and worked as a solicitor in the City of London for a number of years before joining the FCO.
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