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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The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Maldives, Abdulla Shahid sends message of felicitations to Luigi Di Maio, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy, on the occasion of the Republic Day of Italy.

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 Italy, on the 74th Anniversary of the Republic Day of Italy.

It is my sincere hope that the close and friendly ties that exist between our two countries will continue to prosper in the days ahead.

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

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Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Maldives, Abdulla Shahid had a virtual meeting with the Ambassador of the United States of America to the Maldives, Alaina Teplitz, today.

Minister of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency Abdulla Shahid had a telephone conversation with the Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs of Kenya, Her Excellency Raychelle Omamo, SC, EGH, this afternoon.

During the phone call, the two Ministers discussed the challenges faced by their respective countries due to COVID-19 pandemic. Minister Shahid briefed about the measures taken by the Maldives Government to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Minister Shahid also commended the efforts undertaken by Kenya in combatting the COVID-19 virus. Both Ministers also discussed on cooperating closely on issues of global importance to both countries in various international arenas.

The Maldives and Kenya have a long-standing friendship and this year celebrates the twenty fifth anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
 
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The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Maldives, His Excellency, Abdulla Shahid held a telephone conversation with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Bhutan, His Excellency Dr. Tandi Dorji.

During the telephone conversation, Minister Shahid highlighted the close relationship between Maldives and Bhutan, and expressed his readiness to reinforce cooperation to focus on important areas of collaboration including the health sector, tourism sector and climate change.

Minister Shahid also commended the Royal Bhutanese Government on the success achieved, and ongoing efforts of Bhutan in fighting COVID-19 pandemic.

The two Ministers agreed to continue working together on bilateral, regional and international issues of common concern to further strengthen the friendly ties. Minister Shahid also extended an invitation to His Excellency Dr. Tandi Dorji to visit Maldives at a mutually convenient time.

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