High Commissioner of the Republic of Maldives to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Her Excellency Ms Farzana Zahir presented credentials to President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, His Excellency Dr Arif Alvi at the Aiwan-e-Sadr (Presidency) today.

The ceremony was attended by Foreign Secretary, His Excellency Sohail Mahmood and Chief of Protocol, His Excellency Murad Ashraf Janjua.

The ceremony was also attended by Mr. Hassan Amir Waheed, Spouse of High Commissioner, Mr. Ali Rilwan, Deputy Head of Mission at the High Commission of Maldives in Islamabad and Colonel Idrees Badeeu, Defence Advisor to Pakistan.

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The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Maldives, Abdulla Shahid has sent a message of condolence to the Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Mohammad Haneef Atmar, following the deadly terrorist attack at Kabul University.

Minister’s message reads as follows:

“It is with great sorrow I learnt of yet another deadly terrorist attack, this time at Kabul University, claiming the lives of several innocent victims and injuring many more. The Maldives condemns this cowardly attack in the strongest terms.

I convey my heartfelt condolences to the families who lost their loved ones and wish all those wounded a speedy recovery.

The Maldives denounces violent extremism and terrorism is all its forms and manifestations. The Government and the people of Maldives stand with the Government and people of Afghanistan in their struggle to achieve peace and stability for the Afghan people.”

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Foreign Minister Shahid has held a telephone conversation with his counterpart, Foreign Minister Abdul Momen of Bangladesh.

Briefing Foreign Minister Abdul Momen on the COVID-19 situation and measures implemented in Maldives, Foreign Minister Shahid said that the numbers are decreasing in the Maldives and Maldives is slowly easing restrictive measures accordingly.

Acknowledging the enormous challenges to Bangladesh due to the dense population and limited capacity, Foreign Minister Shahid commended the Government of Bangladesh on the success of their efforts to address the COVID-19 pandemic in Bangladesh.

Thanking Foreign Minister Abdul Momen for his personal contribution and assistance, Minister Shahid requested to increase the frequency of repatriation flights, in view of the large numbers of undocumented Bangladeshi workers still waiting to return to their home country.

Foreign Minister Dr. Abdul Momen assured the full support and cooperation of the Government of Bangladesh in the efforts of the Government of Maldives to regularise and repatriate undocumented workers.

Both Ministers also discussed the expansion of trade and commerce between the two countries, with a focus on food items, pharmaceuticals, personal protective equipment, medical accessories and river sand for construction. The two Ministers agreed that improving connectivity between Maldives and Bangladesh would be prerequisite and a direct shipping line between the two countries would go a long way in ensuring the benefits of bilateral trade for the people of the respective countries.

In concluding the call, Foreign Minister Shahid expressed hope that the Maldives and Bangladesh will always support each other and continue working together on bilateral and international issues of mutual concern.

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The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Maldives, His Excellency Abdulla Shahid has sent a message of condolence to His Excellency Teodoro L. Locsin Jr., the Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Philippines, following the devastation caused by the recent typhoons in the Philippines.

Minister’s message reads as follows:

“I am deeply saddened to hear the news about the loss of lives, displacement of people and destruction of homes caused by the recent typhoons in the Philippines.

At this time of national distress, amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Government and people of the Maldives, join me in extending our deepest sympathy to Your Excellency, the Government and the people of Philippines. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and all affected by the tragedy.

I wish the recovery efforts every success and commend the tenacity of the people of Philippines during this time of national crisis.”

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The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Maldives, Abdulla Shahid sends message of felicitations to Everly Paul Chet Greene, Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Immigration of Antigua and Barbuda 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 wish to convey warm felicitations and best wishes to Your Excellency, the Government and the people of Antigua and Barbuda, 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 Antigua and Barbuda and the assurances of my highest considerations.”

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