Republic of Maldives
Diplomatic relations between the Maldives and Brazil were established in 1988. Until 2010, the Brazilian Embassy in New Delhi (India) was concurrently accredited to the Maldives. Since then, this assignment was transferred to the Embassy of Brazil in Colombo, (Sri Lanka).
The dialogue on environmental issues is a significant aspect of bilateral relations. The archipelago belongs to the SIDS group (Small Island Developing States), with strong action in the international negotiations about climate change, oceans and fisheries. The geographic features – most of the territory of the Maldives is less than one meter above sea level – explain the country’s engagement on the theme. The Maldives have sent delegations both to the 1992 Earth Summit and the Rio+20 Summit.
Cooperation in sports – especially football – is also part of bilateral relations. In 2013, a Memorandum of Understanding on Sports Cooperation was signed. There are opportunities for dialogue in the area of tourism, in which the expertise of the Maldives is internationally recognized.
Chronology of Bilateral Relations
1998 – Establishment of diplomatic relations between Brazil and the Maldives
2013 – Signature of Memorandum of Understanding in Sports Cooperation.