Keele IR Graduate becomes Maldives Ambassador to UK
On 29 October, Lorna Lloyd attended a vin d’honneur in London to mark her former student Dr Farah Faizal’s presentation to The Queen of her letters of credence as the Ambassador of the Republic of Maldives to the UK. Farah is a Keele International Relations graduate, and 29 October is the Maldives’ National Day.
From 2009 to 2012, Farah served as the Maldives High Commissioner to the UK (as well as its Ambassador to France, Spain, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Denmark). In those capacities she worked to promote education, human rights, and Muslim democracy in her country following 30 years of autocratic and abusive rule. She resigned in protest when the democratically-elected government was overthrown in a coup d’état. Farah then became spokesperson in Europe for, and foreign policy adviser to, the Maldivian Democratic Party. She also represented the former President of Maldives when the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group conducted an enquiry into the overthrow of the Maldives’ legitimate government. With the restoration of democracy, she was appointed Ambassador.