The Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISS) hosted an In-House Meeting with a 6-member delegation from Pakistan-Maldives Friendship Association on December 26, 2018. The delegation was led by Dr. Ibrahim Zakariyya Moosa, Dean of Centre for Post Graduate Studies. Other members of the delegation included: Shaikh Muhammad Faiz, Director, Islamic University of Maldives; Mr. Abdul Shakoor, Businessman; Mr. Abdul Muhusin Moosa, Businessman; Mr. Hassan Saeed, Businessman; and Mr. Muhammad Nasih, represented Government of Maldives. The visit of the delegation to Pakistan was organized by Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC). Mr. Najam Rafique, Director (Research) led the briefing and welcomed the delegation to ISSI.
At the outset, Ms. Mahrukh Khan, Research Fellow, gave an overview of the Institute to the delegation, and explained the genesis of ISSI; its main goals, the focus of its research and out-reach activities. To a question, Mr. Najam Rafique stated that while the ISSI is linked to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, it is registered as an autonomous body and sets its own research agenda. The delegates expressed interest in benefitting from research work undertaken the Institute.