The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Maldives, His Excellency, Abdulla Shahid held a telephone conversation with the Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, His Excellency, Mohammad Haneef Atmar.

During the telephone conversation, Minister Shahid highlighted the close relationship between Maldives and Afghanistan rooted in common faith and traditions, and expressed his readiness to reinforce cooperation in new areas of collaboration, both bilaterally and within the multilateral sphere.

Minister Shahid also commended the strong efforts made by the Government of Afghanistan in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

Both Foreign Ministers reaffirmed their commitment to continue working together on bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual importance, to further strengthen the friendly ties between the two countries.

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The Government of Japan provides a grant aid of 600,000,000 Japanese yen (worth USD 5.6 million)  to the Maldives for further promoting the economic and social development in the country. The Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulla Shahid and the Ambassador of Japan to the Maldives Keiko Yanai signed the Exchange of Notes relating to the grant aid, at a ceremony held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs this afternoon.

Minister of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency Mr. Abdulla Shahid had a telephone conversation with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kingdom of Thailand, His Excellency Mr. Don Pramudwinai, this afternoon.

During the telephone conversation, Minister Shahid thanked the Kingdom of Thailand for 10 mini ventilators donated by King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang in cooperation with the Thai Government. Minister also briefed the Thai Foreign Minister on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Maldives and the measures implemented to contain the spread of the virus. Minister Shahid highlighted the impact on the economy of the Maldives noting that Maldives is highly dependent on tourism and imports.

Minister Shahid also commended the strong measures taken by the Thailand Government to control the spread of the virus.

Both Foreign Ministers reaffirmed their commitment to continued cooperation and collaboration in advancing interests on areas of mutual concern, both bilaterally and internationally.

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Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Maldives, His Excellency Abdulla Shahid had a telephone conversation with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, Her Excellency Retno Lestari Pransari Marsudi, this morning.

During the telephone conversation, Minister Shahid briefed Minister Marsudi on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Maldives and the measures implemented to curb the spread of the virus including the Maldivian health sector's ability to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. Minister Shahid highlighted that Maldives, as a small island developing state, is highly dependent on tourism and noted the negative impact that the pandemic has had on the economy of the Maldives. Minister Shahid also requested for assistance from the Government of Indonesia in combating the pandemic.

Foreign Minister Shahid thanked the Government of Indonesia for the support and assistance provided to the Government of Maldives in repatriating Maldivian citizens from Indonesia.

Both Foreign Ministers reaffirmed their commitment to continued cooperation and collaboration in advancing interests on areas of mutual concern, both bilaterally and internationally.

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The Minister of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency Abdulla Shahid, participated in the High-Level Pledging Event for the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen, via videoconference today. The high-level meeting was co-hosted by His Royal Highness Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Mr. Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, on behalf of His Excellency Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations.

In his remarks at the High-level Pledging Event for the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen 2020, Minister Shahid raised his concerns on the escalating conflict in the Yemen and urged all parties to declare a ceasefire in the wake of widespread famine and forced displacement. Currently, more than 24 million Yemenis are dependent on external aid to survive in extreme poverty, deprived from the most basic and essential services that are key to a dignified life. He drew attention to the link between peace in Yemen, stability in the Middle East and solidarity within the Islamic Ummah.

“The people of Yemen must be granted unhindered access to channels of humanitarian aid which must remain functional, under all circumstances” Minister Shahid said, as he noted the devastating impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the ongoing crisis. He further underscored the importance of establishing a unified global response that prioritises the needs of the people of Yemen and assured the unwavering support of the Maldives towards alleviating the humanitarian crisis.

The High-level Pledging Event for the Humanitarian crisis in Yemen 2020 was held to raise awareness on the severe humanitarian crisis in Yemen, mobilise resources for the humanitarian response and promote respect for international humanitarian law and human rights. The Event witnessed generous pledges from several UN Member States in the presence of international financial institutions, leading UN agencies and humanitarian NGOs.

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