The Government of the United States of America today, donated 60 portable critical care ventilators to the Government of Maldives.

The ventilators were handed over symbolically at an event held virtually, by the Ambassador of the United States of America to the Republic of Maldives, Alaina Teplitz, to the High Commissioner of the Republic of Maldives to the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, Omar Abdul Razzak, in Colombo. This event was witnessed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Maldives Abdulla Shahid and senior officials from the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Male’.

This generous donation from the Government of the United States was facilitated by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to increase the capacity and enhance the preparedness of the health sector of the Maldives to support the COVID-19 response and recovery efforts. These critical supplies would not only complement the Government’s efforts to control and contain the spread of COVID-19 but also play a vital role in expanding the capacity of the Intensive Care Units at hospitals even after the pandemic, to treat patients suffering from other respiratory illnesses.

Speaking at the event, Minister Shahid noted that the United States has always proven to be a close and a reliable friend, especially during challenging times such as now. He thanked Secretary of State, Michael R. Pompeo and the United States government for the continuous unwavering support extended to the Maldives and noted that such generosity and friendship from close partners have increased the capacity of the country’s front-line workers to combat the spread of the virus as well as address long-term goals such as reviving the economy.

The United States has so far contributed over USD 4 million to the Maldives COVID-19 response and recovery efforts. This includes a grant aid of USD 2 million, multiple donations of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), PCR machine and related equipment, as well as donations through several multilateral agencies such as IAEA and UNICEF. The sixty ventilators that were handed over today is the most recent donation of critical supplies from the US towards this effort. These critical care ventilators would be dispersed to hospitals across 20 atolls by the Ministry of Health.

In her speech, Ambassador Teplitz reaffirmed the commitment of the Government of the United States to continue working together to further strengthen the dynamic partnership between the two countries.

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The Minister of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency Abdulla Shahid has sent a video message for the Virtual Reception held today to commemorate the founding of the People’s Republic of China. In his message, Minister Shahid congratulated the People’s Republic of China on behalf of President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, the Maldivian Government and the people of the Maldives. He said that China has accomplished an extraordinary number of milestones on progress and economic prosperity since its founding in 1949, and has continued to demonstrate its leadership in important global areas, such as public health.

Minister Shahid thanked the Chinese people, the provincial governments, and a number of Chinese companies for assisting the Maldives during the ongoing pandemic, and expressed his hope that Maldives will benefit from the vaccines that are currently being developed by a number of Chinese pharmaceutical companies.

Speaking on the economy, Minister Shahid stated the most important goal for the Maldives during the ongoing economic recovery is to increase tourist arrivals to the country. He urged the restoration of flights, trade, connectivity and people to people contact between Maldives and China at the earliest possible opportunity, while committing to further strengthen existing ties between the countries.

Minister Shahid reiterated that this year marked the 48th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Maldives and China, which is based on strong historic bonds, sovereign equality and mutual respect for territorial integrity. He reaffirmed President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih’s Government’s full commitment to the One-China Policy.

The National Day of the People’s Republic of China is marked on the 1st of October every year, which commemorates the proclamation of the People’s Republic of China on the same day in 1949 by Chairman Mao Zedong.

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The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Maldives, Abdulla Shahid sends a message of felicitations to His Royal Highness Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, on the occasion of the 90th National Day of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Minister’s message reads as follows:

“It is my pleasure to extend sincere greetings and warm wishes to Your Royal Highness, the Government, and the brotherly people of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on the jubilant occasion of the 90th National Day of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The Maldives and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia continue to enjoy close relations based on mutual understanding and goodwill. I am confident that the brotherly relations between our two countries will continue to flourish and prosper in the coming years.

I also take this opportunity to convey my personal good wishes for your good health and well-being, and for the continued happiness, prosperity, and advancement of the brotherly people of Saudi Arabia.

Please accept, Your Royal Highness, the assurances of my highest consideration.”

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This year, we observe the International Day of Peace standing at the crossroads between a changing planet and new and emerging threats to international peace and security. The COVID-19 pandemic is no doubt one of the biggest challenges faced by the world in recent times. It has brought to light how inter-connected and interdependent we are on one another. A crisis in one part of the world instigates equally tragic consequences for the rest of the world. It has not only strained our healthcare systems, but also had a severe impact on the world economy. Consequently, the COVID-19 pandemic has further fueled both economic and social tensions in conflict or post-conflict situations, with serious implications for the most vulnerable populations.

The world, however, has risen to the challenge. It has brought together all countries – big or small – to strengthen the multilateral system and to find a common solution to this global problem. The world has proven that together, we can build back better. As a member of the international community, the Maldives remains steadfast in rising to the challenges of our time in the pursuit of peace and solidarity.

Today also marks the 55th anniversary of Maldives’ membership of the UN. Maldives was one of the very first small state to attain UN membership. Yet, it has proven to be a responsible and active member of the organisation. Maldives has not only championed the causes of Small Island Developing States, but also has drawn attention to the plight of the poor and the vulnerable; it has been a leading advocate for global challenges facing the international community, such as climate change.

On the occasion of the International Day of Peace and our 55th anniversary, Maldives recommits to the ideals of a rules based and inclusive multilateral system built upon the principles of state sovereignty and equality of all States. In the spirit of multilateralism, the Maldives will continue to participate meaningfully, contribute constructively and remain a trustworthy global citizen of the international community.

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The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Maldives, Abdulla Shahid sends message of felicitations to Evarist Bartolo, Minister for Foreign and European Affairs of Malta, on the occasion of the 56th Independence Day of Malta.

Minister’s message reads as follows:

“On behalf of the Government, the people of the Republic of Maldives and on my own behalf, it gives me great pleasure to extend warm greetings and good wishes to Your Excellency, the Government and the people of Malta, on the occasion of your Independence Day.

It is my sincere hope that the friendly relations that exist between our two countries will be maintained and further strengthened.

Please accept, Excellency, the assurances of my highest consideration.”

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