The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Maldives, Abdulla Shahid sent a message of felicitations to Sergey Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, on the occasion of Russia Day.

Minister’s message reads as follows:

“It is my pleasure to convey sincere felicitations and warm greetings to Your Excellency, the Government, and the people of the Russian Federation, on the momentous occasion of Russia Day.

Let me also take this opportunity to recall Your Excellency’s invaluable contribution towards reinforcing the existing Maldives – Russia partnership. Last year in particular marked one of the best highlights of our diplomatic history.

The Maldives highly values its close relationship with Russia, and the bond we share is grounded in mutual respect, sincerity, and trust. It is my hope that the cordial ties between our two nations will prosper in the years to come.

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

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The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Maldives, His Excellency Abdulla Shahid sends warm greetings and good wishes to His Excellency Teodoro L. Locsin Jr., the Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Philippines, on the 122nd Independence Day of the Philippines.

Minister’s message reads as follows:

“On this happy occasion of Philippines’ Independence Day, it gives me great pleasure to extend my sincere greetings to Your Excellency, the Government and the people of Philippines.

Let me also take this opportunity to extend my best wishes to Your Excellency’s good health and success, and for the continued peace, progress and prosperity of the people of Philippines. During these difficult times, we look forward to continue and strengthen our collaborations and close friendship between the two countries.

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

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Minister of Foreign Affairs of Maldives, Abdulla Shahid held a telephone conversation with the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell Fontelles today.

During the conversation, Minister Shahid highlighted on the reinvigorated Maldives-EU partnership, and expressed appreciation for the continued assistance to the Government of Maldives by the European Union in its efforts to combat the global COVID-19 pandemic. The Foreign Minister particularly noted the recent 3 million euros grant assistance from the European Union and the additional support that would be extended through the European Investment Bank soon.

The High Representative expressed interest in strengthening cooperation with the Government of Maldives on global challenges such as climate change, counter-terrorism and democracy consolidation, and commended the Maldives for the progress made on these key issues.  

Foreign Minister Shahid and High Representative Borrell reaffirmed their commitment to continue working together on bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual importance, to further strengthen the ongoing partnership.

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Minister of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency Abdulla Shahid today participated in the Virtual High-Level Forum to pre-launch the report of The Elders on Multilateralism, and to Commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter, entitled “The UN Charter at 75: Multilateralism in a Fragmented World”. The High-Level Forum was organized by the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Singapore to the United Nations, in its capacity as convener of the Forum of Small States (FOSS), in partnership with The Elders and the Office of the Special Advisor to the Secretary-General on the Preparations for the Commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations. 

In his remarks delivered at the High-Level Forum, Minister Shahid recalled how all countries, big or small, have benefitted from multilateralism and a rules-based international order. As a Small Island Developing State, Minister Shahid said, Maldives has always believed that effective multilateralism will lead to enhanced cooperation to find solutions to the global issues of the day. He further called on Member States of the UN to accelerate efforts to achieve the universally agreed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as we enter the ‘Decade for Action’.

Minister Shahid further emphasised the importance of strong, collective action required during the recovery phase of the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic. The pandemic has tested multilateral institutions and their ability to respond. Therefore, Minister Shahid reaffirmed that post-COVID-19 recovery efforts calls for more multilateral cooperation, and a further strengthening of multilateral institutions to respond to contemporary global challenges.

During this event, Her Excellency Mary Robinson, Chair of The Elders, former President of Ireland and former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, pre-launched the new report and recommendations by the The Elders on “Strengthening Multilateralism, the Rule of law and the Role of the UN”. Moreover, several foreign ministers, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, and the President of the UN General Assembly delivered statements in the event.

The Forum of Small States (FOSS) is an informal grouping of small states established by Singapore in New York. Membership of FOSS is non-ideological and non-geographic. The Maldives has benefitted from being a member of FOSS as it provides a platform to discuss issues of concern for small states.

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The Government of China has donated essential personal protective materials to support the Government of Maldives in its efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

The donation includes essential personal protective equipment (PPEs) including, medical protective face masks, surgical masks, disposable coverall and medical goggles. This timely donation will be an added boost to increase the capacity of frontline team fighting to combat the community spread of COVID-19 in the Maldives.

The Government of Maldives expresses its gratitude to the Government and the people of China for the continued support and goodwill extended to the Government and people of the Maldives at this challenging time.   

China has remained steadfast in its support to the Maldives in the relief efforts, since the outbreak of COVID-19 in the Maldives. Earlier, the Maldives received a large amount of relief materials from Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, Chinese Companies and well-wishers, which include Alibaba Foundation/ Jack Ma Foundation, China Merchants Port Group Co.Ltd, China Machinery Engineering Corporation, Beijing Urban Construction Investment & Development Co. Ltd, Dongfang Electric International Corporation, China Harbour Engineering Company Ltd, China Communications 2nd Navigational Bureau 2nd Engineering Co. Ltd and Huawei Technologies Co.Ltd.

The Government of Maldives also expresses sincere gratitude to the Chinese companies in the Maldives, for the significant support extended towards the Government’s efforts in responding to COVID-19.

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