The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Maldives, Abdulla Shahid sends message of felicitations to Vladimir Makei, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus, on the occasion of the Independence Day of Belarus.

Minister’s message reads as follows:

“On behalf of the Government and the people of the Republic of Maldives I would like to extend warm greetings and sincere good wishes to Your Excellency, the Government and the people of Belarus, on the joyous occasion of the Independence Day of the Republic of Belarus.

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

Please accept, Excellency, the assurances of my highest considerations”

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Minister of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency Abdulla Shahid had a telephone conversation with his counterpart His Excellency Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdallah, Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs of the Sultanate of Oman, this morning.

During the telephone call, the two Ministers exchanged updates pertaining to the ongoing situation of the Covid-19 pandemic in their respective countries. Minister Shahid briefed the Omani Foreign Minister with regard to the precautionary measures undertaken by the Maldives while lifting restrictions and resuming economic activity in the ‘new normal’, with the Maldives preparing to welcome tourists again, starting from 15 July. Minister Shahid further elaborated on the long-lasting impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Maldives economy, and President Solih’s plans for resilience building, economic recovery, and social services. Minister Shahid also commended the Government of Oman for their proactive effort in addressing the effects of COVID-19, and successfully monitoring and containing the spread of the virus using innovative technologies.

Minister Abdallah affirmed the decision of Oman Air to resume direct flights to Maldives after 17 July, and stressed on the importance of people-to-people contact, and business-to-business interactions to ensure economic recovery and sustenance.  

The Foreign Ministers reaffirmed their dedication to further strengthening the bond between the Maldives and Oman, through bilateral exchanges and cooperation in the multilateral fora, on issues of mutual interest.

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The Tenth IORA Bi-Annual Meeting of the Committee of Senior Officials successfully concluded today. The meeting convened under the Chairmanship of the United Arab Emirates and held under the theme “Promoting a Shared Destiny and Path to Prosperity in the Indian Ocean”, agreed on a number of positive recommendations which will be presented to IORA’s Council of Ministers for approval.

Day One of the meeting started with a half day meeting of the Sub-Committee on Finance (SCF), which discussed the financial situation of IORA. The coordinating countries of IORA’s various Working Groups also delivered updates on their respective action plans and activities. In this regard, the Maldives announced that it would be joining IORA’s Core Group on Tourism as a Cluster Country. The Maldives looks forward to working within IORA to harness the full potential of tourism in the Indian Ocean Region.

The Committee of Senior Officials congratulated the Maldives on signing the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Governments of the Member States of the Indian Ocean Rim Association for the Promotion of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). The MoU was signed by H.E. Ms. Neeza Imad, Minister of State for Economic Development, on 15 March 2020. The MoU would promote greater cooperation amongst SMEs within IORA and facilitate more opportunities for trade and investment. Maldives also announced that it is in the process of signing the Memorandum of Understanding between the Governments of the Member States of the Indian Ocean Rim Association for the Coordination and Cooperation of Search and Rescue Services in the Indian Ocean Region.

In addition, the Meeting also discussed the utilisation of IORA’s Special Fund to support Member State projects related to the COVID-19 pandemic and other disaster events. The Maldives proposal for more favourable access for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in accessing the Special Fund was accepted by the Committee of Senior Officials, which will be put forward for endorsement by the Council of Foreign Ministers. As COVID-19 has exacerbated the vulnerabilities of SIDS during the pandemic, the amendment will facilitate for greater inclusivity and will assist SIDS in the recovery phase of the pandemic.

The Maldives delegation was led by H.E. Dr. Asim Ahmed, Ambassador-at-large in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Ambassador Asim was accompanied by Ms. Fathimath Najwa, Joint Secretary, and Mr. Ahmed Salman Zaki, Assistant Director.

IORA is a leading organisation in the Indian Ocean Region, providing a forum for Member States and Dialogue Partners to enhance socio-economic cooperation and development within the region. IORA has 22 Member States and 10 Dialogue Partners. The Maldives formally joined IORA on 8 November 2019.

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Minister of Foreign Affairs, Abdulla Shahid has sent a message of greetings to François-Philippe Champagne, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Canada, on the occasion of the Canada Day.

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 best wishes to Your Excellency, the Government and the people of Canada, on the joyous occasion of Canada Day.

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

Please accept, Excellency, my best wishes for your good health and well-being, and for further progress of the people of Canada and the assurances of my highest considerations.”

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His Excellency Mr. Abdulla Shahid, Minister of Foreign Affairs, sends a message of felicitations to His Excellency Mr. Ahmed Awad Isse, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Federal Republic of Somalia.

Minister’s message reads as follows:

“It is my pleasure to extend greetings and good wishes to Your Excellency, the Government, and the people of Somalia on the occasion of your 60th Independence Day.

It is my sincere hope that the friendly relationship between our two countries will continue to grow and flourish.

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

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