The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Maldives, Abdulla Shahid sent a message of felicitations to Nikos Christodoulides, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus, on the occasion of their Independence Day.

Minister’s message reads as follows:

“It gives me great pleasure to convey warm greetings and sincere good wishes of the Government and the people of Maldives, and those of my own, to Your Excellency, the Government and the people of the Republic of Cyprus, on the joyous 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 Cyprus and the assurances of my highest considerations.”

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The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Maldives, Abdulla Shahid sends a message of felicitations to His Excellency Wang Yi, State Councilor and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China, on the occasion of the 71st anniversary of the Founding of the People’s Republic of China.

Minister’s message reads as follows:

It is my pleasure to extend sincere greetings and warm felicitations to Your Excellency, the Government and the friendly people of China, on the occasion of the 71st Anniversary of the Founding of the People’s Republic of China.

The Maldives has been fortunate to count amongst its close friends, the Government of the People’s Republic of China. As you celebrate the 71st Anniversary of the Proclamation of the People’s Republic of China, we applaud the giant leaps taken by the Chinese Government and the people of China towards the betterment of humanity, and for the well-being, progress and prosperity of the rest of the world.

The Maldives will continue to undertake every effort, to further strengthen and enhance its bilateral relationship which is based on historic bonds of friendship, mutual respect for territorial integrity, and the Maldives’ full commitment to the One-China Policy. Under the extraordinary circumstances faced by the global community due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we very much appreciate the leadership role taken by the People’s Republic of China, especially in the area of public health. China’s support for multilateralism, and the international bodies that govern it, stands to further solidify the international community’s collective pursuit of common interests.

On this auspicious occasion, allow me to convey to Your Excellency once again, the appreciation of the Government of Maldives and its people, for the continued support and generous assistance extended to the Maldives.

Please accept, Excellency, my best wishes for your good health and well-being, and prosperity for the people of China, and the assurances of my highest consideration.”

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The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Maldives, Abdulla Shahid sends a message expressing condolences to His Excellency Sheikh Dr. Ahmad Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Kuwait, following the demise of His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Late Emir of the State of Kuwait.

Minister’s message reads as follows:

“My deepest condolences to you, the distinguished family of the Late Emir of the State of the Kuwait and the fraternal people of Kuwait on this day of grief.

His Highness will be remembered as a sincere brother and a great friend of the people of Maldives, a regional and international mediator and an outstanding global humanitarian leader.

I pray to Almighty Allah that the Late Emir be blessed with the mercy of the Most Merciful.”

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His Excellency Abdulla Shahid, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today delivered the Maldives’ statement, via pre-recorded video, at the General Debate of the 75th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

Recalling the first ever words spoken on behalf of the Maldives at the UN fifty-five years ago, Minister Shahid reiterated the commitment of the Maldives to the principles enshrined in the Charter of the UN. He also underscored the importance of global solidarity to revive the spirit of multilateralism amidst one of the biggest global challenges in history – the COVID-19 pandemic. He derived this link based on this year’s theme for the General Debate “The future we want, the United Nations we need: reaffirming our collective commitment to multilateralism – confronting COVID-19 through effective multilateral action.”

Speaking on behalf of the Maldives, Minister Shahid observed the importance of the administration of President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih holds towards the promotion and protection of human rights. He expressed the willingness of the Maldives to share its unique experiences as a Small Island Developing State, in particular, the efforts undertaken to align domestic legislative instruments with international obligations. He then reaffirmed Maldives’ long-standing position on the question of Palestine and the plight of the Rohingya in the Rakhine State of Myanmar and additionally voiced his concerns surrounding the traditional issue of terrorism.

Minister Shahid also seized the opportunity to address the threatening issues of climate change and marine plastic pollution while elaborating on the urgent need to realise the ambitions outlined in the Paris Agreement. He further noted the Maldives’ commitment to the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, and drew crucial lessons from the pandemic, including the identification of asymmetries in the international system. Minister Shahid also extended his appreciation towards the G20 debt service suspension initiative, and requested for an extension of the suspension until the end of 2021.

On a final note, Minister Shahid recognised the vital role played by the UN as it celebrates 75 years of existence, despite the need to reform its operations to better suit the current dynamics. “The UN still presents the best hope for humanity” said Minister Shahid as he reaffirmed the unwavering commitment of the Maldives to the United, regardless of its size.

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Minister of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency Abdulla Shahid, today participated in the Bahrain Visions Forum 2020 (BVF) on the sidelines of the 75th Session of the United Nations General Assembly which was held virtually. The Bahrain Visions Forum 2020, organized by the Court of His Royal Highness Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain, in partnership with the World Health Organization, was held under the theme “Sustainable Development Goals beyond the COVID-19 pandemic” as it was identified as the most pressing challenge to the global economy and sustainable development.

In his remarks delivered at the Bahrain Visions Forum 2020, Minister Shahid emphasized the need to collectively take transformative action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals during the upcoming decade of action and delivery. Despite the urgency of the COVID-19 response, Minister Shahid said that we must not lose sight of the medium- and long-term development goals which are essential to ensuring we build back better.

Minister Shahid further stressed on the fulfillment of SDG13 – the need for stronger climate action. He said that climate change and sustainable development are inextricably linked and it has left us with a narrow window of opportunity to reverse its negative effects. He warned that the attainment of many SDGs will be threatened if the world cannot reverse the current trajectory of climate change. He also drew attention to the plague of marine plastic pollution and the need to protect our ocean. He described the ocean as being linked to the identity, culture and way of life of Maldivians and mentioned the Government of Maldives’ pledge to phase out single-use plastics by 2023 and the readiness of Maldives to work with like-minded countries to preserve the health and wealth of the ocean.

Minister Shahid acknowledged the difficulty of achieving the 2030 Agenda due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nevertheless, he reiterated the need to build a more secure, resilient and prosperous world for everyone, which leaves no one and no country behind, through genuine partnership in the spirit of multilateralism.

The Bahrain Visions Forum is held annually at the UN Headquarters in New York during the high-level segment of the United Nations General Assembly. Each year a different theme is chosen for the Forum, which provides an opportunity to discuss pressing current challenges facing the world and advancing effective collaborative approaches to address those challenges including the fulfillment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Forum was held virtually this year due to restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to Minister Shahid, a number of eminent speakers addressed the Forum including the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain, His Excellency Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Bahrain, His Excellency Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, His Excellency Ban Ki Moon, former Secretary-General of the United Nations, and His Excellency Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization.

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