The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Maldives, Abdulla Shahid sends a message of felicitations to Mamadi Touré, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Guineans Based Abroad of the Republic of Guinea, on the occasion of the Independence Day of the Republic of Guinea.

Minister’s message reads as follows:

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

I sincerely hope that the friendly relations existing between our two countries will further strengthen in the years ahead. I wish continued peace, progress and prosperity to the people of Guinea.

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

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Minister of Foreign Affairs, Abdulla Shahid participated at the Horasis Extraordinary Meeting, held virtually on the side -lines of the UN General Assembly, today.

Speaking at a panel entitled “The Potential for South Asia”, Minister Shahid noted that the COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the inequalities that exist within and between countries to a shocking level. Minister Shahid emphasized the need for strengthened regional cooperation to combat the devastating impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in South Asia. Minister Shahid acknowledged that, Maldives’ precarious dependency on a single industry- tourism, for national income has led to economic collapse, despite early intervention. Minister Shahid added that the Maldives has taken strict measures to cut down expenditure, and formulated long-term plans for recovery including diversifying the country’s economy.

Minister Shahid expressed his gratitude to the international community and the brotherly nations in the region including India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka for their generous assistance in the form of aid, grants, credit lines and undisrupted supply of essential commodities during this critical time.

Acknowledging that SAARC needs do so much more, Minister Shahid called to strengthen intra-regional trade and connectivity, to benefit from the full potential that exist in SAARC. Minister Shahid also highlighted that more than ever, the crisis has revealed that universal access to internet and digital technology are critical to ensure development and progress for all.

In conclusion, Minister Shahid stated that we must take the lessons, and focus on how we rebuild after this pandemic, by incorporating preparedness, resilience, inclusivity, equity and sustainability.

The forum was held virtually this year due to restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Minister Shahid, was joined by Minister of Foreign Affairs of Nepal, H.E. Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh, H.E. Shariar Alam, and H.E. V.K Singh, Minister of State for Road and Transport and Highways, India. The panel was moderated by Mr. Binodh Chaudhary, Chairman of Chaudhary Group Corp Global.

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The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Maldives, Abdulla Shahid sends a message of felicitations to Geoffrey Onyeama, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Nigeria, on the occasion of the Independence Day of Nigeria.

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 Nigeria on the auspicious occasion of your Independence Day.

It is my sincere hope that the cordial relations which exist between our two countries will further strengthen in the years ahead.

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

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The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Maldives, Abdulla Shahid sends message of felicitations to Faustina K. Rehuher-Marugg, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Palau on the occasion of their Independence 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 Palau, on the occasion of your Independence 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 Palau and the assurances of my highest considerations.”

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The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Maldives, Abdulla Shahid sends message of felicitations to Simon Kofe, Minister for Justice, Communication and Foreign Affairs of Tuvalu on the occasion of their Independence Day.

Minister’s message reads as follows:

"On behalf of the Government, the people of the Republic of the Maldives and on my own behalf, it gives me great pleasure to extend warm greetings and good wishes to Your Excellency and people of Tuvalu on the occasion of your Independence Day.

It is my sincere hope that the friendly relations that exist between our two countries will be maintained and further strengthened in the future.

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

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