On 1st February, The Commonwealth welcomed its 54th family member after Maldives' application for re-admission was approved. “I warmly congratulate Maldives on its successful application. We are delighted to welcome the country and its people back to the Commonwealth.”
This was after a long wait of 13 months when President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih wrote to the Commonwealth Secretary-General expressing the country’s interest in re-joining.
After due diligence, which included country assessment and consultations in accordance with the rules and procedures agreed by the Commonwealth Heads of Government in Kampala in 2007, Maldives has been re-admitted.
President Ibu Solih: "Our students can once more apply for Commonwealth scholarships and our athletes can compete in Commonwealth Games."