Foreign relations of the Maldives

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Politics and government of
the Maldives

Maldives follows a non-aligned policy and has expressed its commitment to maintaining friendly relations with all countries.

The Maldives has lately become a very strong advocate of human rights, as one of the earliest supporters of the Human Rights Council. For the past two years running, the Maldives was the only South Asian country to have voted against North Korea on human rights issues. In 2006, the Maldives acceded to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, together with its optional protocol, as well as the International Convention on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. In 2005, the Maldives became one of the promoters of the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention against Torture after having earlier acceded to the Convention against Torture. The Maldives is party to the Child Rights Convention, the Convention on the elimination of discrimination against women and its optional protocol. In April 2006, the Maldives issued a standing invitation to all special procedures mandates of the UN human rights machinery to visit to the Maldives.

Maldives has especially close relations with India and Sri Lanka, countries with which it shares much culture.

The Maldives has a limited number of diplomatic missions. Denmark, Norway, the UK, Germany, Russian Federation, Italy, France, Netherlands, Turkey, and Sweden have consular agencies in Malé under the supervision of their embassies in Sri Lanka and India. Many countries have nonresident ambassadors accredited to the Maldives, most of them based in Sri Lanka or India.

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