The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Maldives, Abdulla Shahid sends message of felicitations to Frank Bainimarama, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Fiji on the occasion of Fiji Day.

Minister’s message reads as follows:

“On behalf of the Government, the people of the Republic of Maldives and on my own behalf, I would like to extend warm felicitations and best wishes to Your Excellency, the Government and the people of the Republic of Fiji, on the occasion of Fiji Day.

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

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Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Maldives, His Excellency Abdulla Shahid had a telephone conversation with the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, His Excellency Mr. Pham Binh Minh, this afternoon.

During the telephone conversation, Minister Shahid briefed Minister Pham on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Maldives and the measures implemented to curb the spread of the virus. Minister Shahid also highlighted on the economic and financial aspects of the pandemic and thanked the Government of Viet Nam for the generous assistance provided for the fight against Covid-19.

The Foreign Ministers discussed avenues to collaborate between the two countries in various areas that are of mutual benefit as the Maldives and Viet Nam celebrate 45 years of diplomatic relations.

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The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Maldives, Abdulla Shahid sends a message of felicitations to Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uganda, Sam Kutesa on the occasion of Independence Day of the Republic of Uganda.

Minister’s message reads as follows:

“It is my pleasure to extend warm felicitations and well wishes to Your Excellency, the Government, and the people of Uganda, on the jubilant occasion of the Independence Day of the Republic of Uganda.

It is my sincere hope that the cordial relations which exist between our two countries will continue to expand further in the future. I wish continued peace, progress and prosperity to the people of Uganda.

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

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Ambassador of Maldives to the Federal Republic of Germany, Ahmed Latheef presented his Letters of Credence to Ambassador Maria Lundqvist, Chief of Protocol of Sweden as the Non-Resident Ambassador of Maldives to Sweden during a meeting held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sweden earlier today.

During his visit to Sweden, Ambassador Latheef met with the Head of Asia Pacific Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sweden, Dr. Cecilia Ruthstrom-Ruin and discussed on further strengthening the bilateral relations between the two countries. Ambassador also met with Deputy Director General, International Affairs Division of the Ministry of Environment of Sweden, Mr. Thomas Lindblom and the Ambassador of Sweden to Maldives, Mr. Klas Molin. Ambassador will also be meeting Deputy Director and Research Director of the Stockholm Environment Institute, Dr. Åsa Persson and the Deputy Director-General of the Swedish Institute, Ms Anna Rudels tomorrow to discuss cooperation in their respective areas of expertise.

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Minister of Foreign Affairs, Abdulla Shahid, today participated in the Virtual Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) Leaders’ Event, on the sidelines of the 75th Session of the United Nations General Assembly. Minister Shahid represented President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih at the CVF Leaders’ Event and delivered remarks. The Event was Chaired by Her Excellency Sheikh Hasina, Honourable Prime Minister of Bangladesh, and co-hosted with the Global Centre on Adaptation, the Secretariat of CVF.

The Event was organised to highlight the urgency for ambitious action for all countries to submit stronger and more enhanced Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) before 31 December 2020, emphasise the need to ensure that climate resilience is integrated into the COVID-19 pandemic response and recovery and promote the strengthening of adaptation to climate shocks.

In his statement, Minister Shahid congratulated the Honourable Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, for assuming the role of Chair of the CVF and commended her exemplary leadership of Bangladesh on climate-related issues. He also congratulated former President Mohamed Nasheed, Speaker of the People’s Majlis, for being appointed as the CVF’s Thematic Ambassador for Ambition, noting that his leadership on climate change will bring impetus to the work of CVF and encourage stronger climate action.

He further renewed the call for scaled up ambition to tackle climate change by submitting stronger and more enhanced NDCs, as well as reducing emissions to keep the global temperature increase within 1.5 degrees. Minister Shahid noted that CVF stands out due to the willingness of its members to match words with meaningful action, despite limitations. He called on countries to keep up the momentum in the lead up to COP 26 in Glasgow next year. Furthermore, Minister Shahid emphasised that more ambitious climate action can only be achieved with access to adequate, predictable and sustainable finance, especially for the most vulnerable communities to climate change. He noted that the share of this finance was too little for climate-vulnerable countries.

He concluded by expressing his confidence that the CVF will play an important role in scaling up ambition and ensuring that we leave a safe and habitable world for the future generations. In this regard, he said that building back better means investing in a greener, bluer and cleaner economy.

The CVF Leaders’ Event featured live interventions and video statements by CVF Heads of State and Government, Ministers, CVF Thematic Ambassadors including former President Nasheed, and key partners.

CVF was founded at the initiative of the Government of Maldives prior to the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 15) held in Copenhagen, Denmark. It remains a unique forum designed to amplify the voice of 48 of the world’s most climate-vulnerable nations.

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