Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Australian High Commissioner Pays a Courtesy Call on the President
Oz ambassador Ms. Kathy Klugman has paid a courtesy call on Maldives' President Mohamed Nasheed. The meeting was held on a balmy Monday afternoon in the Maldives' idyllic capital island Male' at the beachfront President's Office which offers a spectacular view of the broad horizons and cotton clouds over the Indian Ocean.
The High Commissioner and the President discussed issues of common interest to both countries including Australian aid to the Maldives and in this regard, the President thanked the Australian government for increasing the number of scholarships for the Maldives this year, according to a statement issued by the neo-Gothic establishment on Bodu Thakurufaanu Magu.
The President also briefed the High Commissioner on the recent political bickerings in the Maldives.
At the rusty dusk hour of Tuesday, the President also threw a bash at the Aussie embassy in Colombo, and thanked Ms. Klugman and the Oz Government for increasing the opportunity for Maldivian students to study in roo country.
The President said Australian scholarships were an “excellent” bilateral aid programme, which would “fill a huge gap in our human resource needs”.