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Parliamentary Committee Approves Ambassadorial Appointments for Pakistan and Turkey

The Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Relations has decided to forward the names submitted by President Dr. Mohamed Muizzu for the ambassadorial appointments to Pakistan and Turkey to the full Parliament for approval.
The decision was made during a committee meeting that reviewed the President's nominations for these key diplomatic positions. President Muizzu proposed Mohamed Thoha as the Ambassador to Pakistan, initially nominated and approved as the ambassador to Saudi Arabia. The President later recommended that Thoha be reassigned to Pakistan instead.
The Chair of the Committee emphasized that the nominees possess the requisite education, experience, and capability to effectively represent the Maldives. Information from the President's Office, Foreign Affairs, Election Commissions, Maldives Correctional Service, and the Department of Judicial Administration confirmed that the nominees meet the criteria set forth in Section 15 of the Maldives Foreign Service Act.
Kulhudhuffushi North MP Mohamed Dawood recommended Thoha's appointment as the ambassador to Pakistan, supported by Vaikaradhoo MP Hussain Ziad. The committee unanimously approved Thoha's new appointment.
Additionally, President Muizzu nominated Lieutenant General Abdul Raheem Abdul Latheef, former chief of defense, for the position of Ambassador to Turkey. Kendhikulhudhoo MP Ahmed Afoo Hamid recommended Abdul Raheem's appointment, which the committee also unanimously approved.
The committee's chair confirmed that both names would be forwarded to the full Parliament for final approval. Parliamentary approval is required before the ambassadors can officially assume their roles.