This year, we observe the International Day of Peace standing at the crossroads between a changing planet and new and emerging threats to international peace and security. The COVID-19 pandemic is no doubt one of the biggest challenges faced by the world in recent times. It has brought to light how inter-connected and interdependent we are on one another. A crisis in one part of the world instigates equally tragic consequences for the rest of the world. It has not only strained our healthcare systems, but also had a severe impact on the world economy. Consequently, the COVID-19 pandemic has further fueled both economic and social tensions in conflict or post-conflict situations, with serious implications for the most vulnerable populations.

The world, however, has risen to the challenge. It has brought together all countries – big or small – to strengthen the multilateral system and to find a common solution to this global problem. The world has proven that together, we can build back better. As a member of the international community, the Maldives remains steadfast in rising to the challenges of our time in the pursuit of peace and solidarity.

Today also marks the 55th anniversary of Maldives’ membership of the UN. Maldives was one of the very first small state to attain UN membership. Yet, it has proven to be a responsible and active member of the organisation. Maldives has not only championed the causes of Small Island Developing States, but also has drawn attention to the plight of the poor and the vulnerable; it has been a leading advocate for global challenges facing the international community, such as climate change.

On the occasion of the International Day of Peace and our 55th anniversary, Maldives recommits to the ideals of a rules based and inclusive multilateral system built upon the principles of state sovereignty and equality of all States. In the spirit of multilateralism, the Maldives will continue to participate meaningfully, contribute constructively and remain a trustworthy global citizen of the international community.

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The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Maldives, Abdulla Shahid sends message of felicitations to Evarist Bartolo, Minister for Foreign and European Affairs of Malta, on the occasion of the 56th Independence Day of Malta.

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 Malta, 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.

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

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The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Maldives, Abdulla Shahid sends message of felicitations to Zohrab Mnatsakanyan, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia, on the occasion of the Independence Day of the Republic of Armenia.

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 Armenia, on the joyous occasion of your Independence day.

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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The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Maldives, Abdulla Shahid sends message of felicitations to Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Belize 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 the Maldives, and those of my own behalf, to Your Excellency, the Government and the people of Belize, 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 Belize and the assurances of my highest considerations.”

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The Government of India today, handed over US$250 million to the Government of Maldives as financial assistance to support the economic challenges arising from the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

At the event held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the symbolic cheque was handed over by the High Commissioner of India Sunjay Sudhir to the Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulla Shahid. This financial aid was gifted in response to an urgent request made by the President of Maldives Ibrahim Mohamed Solih to the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, in efforts to reduce the economic and financial impact due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The financial support of US$250 million to the Government of Maldives will be provided through subscription in Maldives’ Government Domestic Treasury bonds by SBI, Malè. The financial assistance in the form of Treasury Bond, provided at favourable terms, will provide significant relief for cash flow burden during the Covid19 crisis. This is the largest financial support package announced by a bilateral partner during this crisis.

Speaking at the event, the Minister of Foreign Affairs highlighted that India has always been a steadfast friend in times of need, and the first to respond to any crisis in the Maldives. He further noted that the financial assistance would help to finance a part of the revenue gap caused due to the halt in the tourism sector, and help to meet the immediate financial requirements faced by the Government.

Minister of Finance Ibrahim Ameer highlighted the impact on the country’s finances that Covid19 has had, and noted that India’s financial support would be utilised towards critical public service functions and Covid19 response packages.

The special ceremony was also attended by CEO of the State Bank of India and officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Finance and the High Commission of India in the Maldives.

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