Bilateral Singapore - Maldives

Since the establishment of diplomatic relations over 31 years ago, ties between the two countries have grown steadily. Singapore is one of the most important development partners for the Maldives, and Singapore’s contribution to national progress in the Maldives has taken many forms. 

Co-operation between the two countries had strengthened in numerous areas, including aviation and seafaring, defence and policing, higher education, employment, housing, health, justice, economic development and trade. The opening of the High Commission in 2007 emphasized the importance attached by Maldives to the bilateral relations that existed between Maldives and Singapore.

The Maldives established diplomatic relations with Singapore on 20 February 1975.

Diplomatic representation

The Maldives

  • H. E. Mr Ibrahim Shaheed Zaki, who presented his Letter of Credence to the President of Singapore on 30 March 2007, served as the first non-resident High Commissioner of the Maldives to Singapore. He was recalled on 1 May 2007.
  • On November 2007, the Government of Maldives established the High Commission of the republic of Maldives in Singapore, accrediting Mr Hassan Sobir as the first resident High Commissioner of Maldives to Singapore.
  • Current High Commissioner Mr. Mohamed Khaleel presented the credentials and officially assumed his duties as the High Commissioner of Maldives to Singapore on 19 November 2009.


  • The High Commission of Singapore accredited to the Maldives is in Singapore. The High Commission is presently headed by High Commissioner, H. E. Dr Chua Yong Hai, who presented his Letter of Credence on 5 January 2006.

Singaporean diplomatic representatives previously accredited to the Maldives

Name Date of accreditation

H. E. Mr Haji Ya’acob bin Mohammed 14 March 1978
H. E. Mr Chan Keng Howe 16 May 1985
H. E. Mr Michael Cheok Po Chuan 30 October 1989
H. E. Mr Lam Peck Heng 25 September 1993
H. E. Mr Tan Kah Hoe 19 March 1997

Other Maldivian representations in Singapore

The State Trading Organisation of the Maldives and the Maldives National Shipping Limited also have offices in Singapore