The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Maldives, Abdulla Shahid sent a message of felicitations to Tomáš Petříček, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, on the occasion of the 102nd anniversary of their independence.

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 Czech Republic, on the jubilant occasion of the 102nd anniversary of your independence.

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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The United States Secretary of State, Michael R. Pompeo made an official visit to the Maldives on 28 October 2020. 

Maldives is deeply concerned about the increase in aggression and provocative rhetoric towards the religion of Islam and the beloved Prophet (ﷺ). Maldives categorically condemns such acts and deem them as none other than hate speech.

Efforts to denigrate Islam and the beloved Prophet (ﷺ) through derogatory remarks and blasphemous publications cannot be categorized as a reasonable exercise within the right of the freedom of expression.

As a democratic society built on the tenets of Islam, Maldives remains committed to upholding the freedom of expression as a fundamental human right.  Maldives is opposed to all forms of extremism, whether in the name of religion or the purported exercise of the right to freedom of expression.

Maldives condemns all acts of terrorism and is committed to combatting terrorism and violent extremism in all its forms. However, Maldives strongly refutes any attempt to link the peaceful religion of Islam with terrorism or violent extremism. Such a characterization is not only fundamentally flawed, but irresponsible. Maldives urges everyone to exercise respect and tolerance and resort to non-violent and non-provocative means in the exercise of their fundamental human rights. Maldives remains committed to working with the international community to promote peace and tolerance.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Maldives, His Excellency Abdulla Shahid has sent a message of condolence to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, His Excellency Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi following terrorist attack at a madrassa in Peshawar

Minister’s message reads as follows:

“The heinous terrorist attack at a madrassa in Peshawar that claimed at least 8 innocent lives and wounded more than a hundred is abhorrent. The targeting of innocent children and youth, at a peaceful place of learning is unacceptable.

My sincere prayers and thoughts are with the families who lost their loved ones and those wounded in this horrific attack.

The Government and the people of the Maldives condemn these cowardly acts of terror and violence perpetrated against innocent people, in the strongest terms. The Maldives stands in solidarity with Government and people of Pakistan in this tragic hour.”                                                                            

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The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Maldives, Abdulla Shahid sends message of felicitations to Sir Louis Straker, Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Regional Integration of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines on the occasion of their Independence Day.

Minister’s message reads as follows:

“On the occasion of your Independence Day, I wish to convey warm felicitations and best wishes, on behalf of the Government, the people of the Republic of Maldives and on my own behalf, to Your Excellency, the Government and the people of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

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

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