The Government of the United Arab Emirates has donated two sanitization trucks to the Maldives as further assistance to support the Government’s efforts in responding to COVID-19. This donation will facilitate to disinfect public areas and contribute to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus, specifically as life continues with ease of restrictions and steps of normalcy.

The Government of Maldives has expressed its immense gratitude to the Leadership, the Government and the brotherly people of the United Arab Emirates for the donation and the consistent priority given by the United Arab Emirates towards the needs of the people of Maldives.

This donation of sanitization trucks which followed the substantial donation of 72 tonnes of crucial medical equipment and supplies worth AED 18,331,425.00 (≈ USD 5 million) by the Government of United Arab Emirates in June this year, will significantly scale up the Maldives’ capacity for combatting the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

These generous donations to the people of Maldives reflects the close bond of friendship and the significant historic ties between the Maldives and the United Arab Emirates.

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The Government of the Republic of Maldives and the Government of Japan today signed the Exchange of Notes at a ceremony held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, for the facilitation of a COVID-19 Crisis Response Emergency Loan of 5 billion Japanese Yen (USD 47.5 million). The Exchange of Notes were signed on behalf of the Maldives by His Excellency Abdulla Shahid, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Maldives, and on behalf of Japan by Her Excellency Keiko Yanai, Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Maldives.

Under the Exchange of Notes, which is a precursor to the signing of a formal Loan Agreement, a concessional loan of 5 Billion Yen (USD 47.5 million) will be extended to the Government of Maldives. This would be the largest amount of concessional borrowing that Japan has extended to the Maldives in its long history of cooperation and partnership, and reflects the close bilateral relations both countries presently enjoy. The COVID-19 Crisis Response Emergency Support Loan will be utilized by the Government in supporting ongoing efforts to combat the pandemic in the country.

Speaking at the ceremony today, Foreign Minister Shahid expressed the Government’s sincere appreciation to the Government and people of Japan and thanked the Government of Japan for the continued generosity shown towards the Maldives in its efforts towards economic recovery and stabilisation. He mentioned that Japan has remained a very special friend and steadfast ally, and share a long-standing and time-tested relationship that has spanned for decades.

The Government of Japan has previously committed a grant of USD 5.6 million to the Government of Maldives to equip and improve the health services at atolls and regional hospitals across the country. It has also committed USD 1.4 million to the UNDP Maldives in support of small and medium enterprises in agri-businesses affected by COVID-19, USD 356,400 for UNICEF Maldives and USD 185,000 for Maldives Red Crescent to assist the Government in its efforts to respond to COVID-19.

The signing of the Exchange of Notes paves the way for both governments to formally sign the Loan Agreement, which is due to take place on 30 September 2020.

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The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Maldives, Abdulla Shahid sends message of felicitations to His Excellency Rashid Meredov, Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, on the occasion of their 25th Independence Day.

Minister’s message reads as follows:

“It is my pleasure to extend warm felicitations and sincere good wishes to Your Excellency, the Government, and the people of Turkmenistan on the joyous occasion of the 25th Independence Day of Turkmenistan.

I sincerely hope that the bilateral relations between our two countries will further strengthen in the years ahead.

Please accept my best wishes for your good health and well-being, and continued peace, progress and prosperity of the people of Turkmenistan.”

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MCP LInz - Maldives-India Cargo Ferry

The Maldives-India Cargo Ferry arrived in Kulhudhuffushi today on its maiden voyage. A ceremony was held today at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to welcome the vessel MCP Linz at its first port of call in the Maldives. The Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulla Shahid, High Commissioner of India to the Maldives Sunjay Sudhir, Members of Parliament for Kulhudhufushi Constituency Yasir Abdul Latheef, and Jamsheed Mohamed, joined the ceremony.

The ceremony was also joined by Commissioner General of Customs, the Controller of Immigration, Managing Director of Maldives State Shipping, Officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Economic Development, the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation, Maldives Ports Limited, and the High Commission of India in the Maldives. The Members of Parliament from Thiladhunmathi Uthuruburi, Thiladhunmathi Dhekunuburi, and Shaviyani Atoll, as well as Kulhudhuffushi Island Council joined the ceremony.

The Memorandum of Understanding on establishing cargo-cum-passenger ferry service was signed during the State Visit of Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi to the Maldives, in June 2019. The MoU emphasised the need to improve connectivity between the two countries through the establishment of enabling infrastructure and bilateral trade and reaffirmed that dynamic people-to-people contacts form the backbone of the bilateral relationship between two countries. The MoU further acknowledged the valuable contribution of workers, students, travellers and tourists towards the economies and communities of both the countries.

The announcement regarding the commencement of the cargo ferry service between the Maldives and India was made during the digital video conference between Minister of Foreign Affairs of Maldives Abdulla Shahid, and Minister of External Affairs of India Dr S. Jaishankar on 13 August 2020. The cargo ferry service will travel between Tuticorin, Kochi in India, and Kulhudhuffushi and Malé in the Maldives.

Speaking at the event, the Minister of Foreign Affairs highlighted that the establishment of this service will greatly improve the bilateral trade between the Maldives and India and will help revitalise the economy, especially in the North of the country. He expressed hope that the boost in sea connectivity would positively impact the economic trade between our two countries. The Minister further noted that a key enabler of boosting direct trade is to improve connectivity. The service boosts connectivity – which is at the heart of the bilateral relationship. It strengthens not only the political and economic relationship – but the people-to-people connections.

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