Maldives officially re-joined the Commonwealth on
1 February 2020.
The popular honeymoon destination in the Indian
Ocean first joined the Commonwealth in 1982 but withdrew its
membership in 2016.
This marks the end of a process that began in December 2018, when President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih
wrote to the Commonwealth Secretary-General expressing the
country’s interest in re-joining.
Maldives President, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, said,
“Today is a happy day for Maldivians as we return to the family of
Commonwealth nations. As a young democracy, the Commonwealth’s
foundational values of the promotion of democracy, human rights,
good governance, multilateralism and world peace remain relevant
to us more than ever. We gratefully acknowledge the support and
help of the Commonwealth to the Maldivian democratic movement, and
we look forward to the support of fellow member states to ensure
the long term entrenchment of these values in our society.”
Maldives, the 54th member of the
Commonwealth, will now be part of the Commonwealth
Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Kigali, Rwanda on
22-28 June 2020.
Maldives' Ambassador to the UK also becomes its High
Commissioner, signifying Commonwealth membership.
Commonwealth Secretary-General, Patricia Scotland,
said, “I warmly congratulate Maldives on its successful
application. We are delighted to welcome the country and its
people back to the Commonwealth. The reform process underway in Maldives aligns
with the values and principles of the Commonwealth and we
encourage the nation to continue on this path. Commonwealth
members were pleased to note these developments and are happy once
again to count Maldives as a member of the family. Together we
will support Maldives to realise its ambitions.”