The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Maldives Abdulla Shahid sends a message of felicitations to Ally Coulibaly, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Côte d’Ivoire on the occasion of the 60th Independence Day of Côte d’Ivoire.

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 Côte d’Ivoire, on the occasion of your 60th Independence Day.

I hope that the cordial relationship which exists between our two countries will continue to grow stronger in the future.

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

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The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Maldives, His Excellency Abdulla Shahid has sent a congratulatory message to the Minister of Foreign Relations of the Democratic Socialist Republic Sri Lanka, His Excellency Dinesh Gunawardena, on Sri Lanka’s successful parliamentary elections.

Minister’s message reads as follows:

“I would like to extend my heartfelt felicitations to Your Excellency, the Government and people of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka on the peaceful and successful conclusion of the parliamentary elections, specially under the challenging circumstances of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

The immense support of the Sri Lankan people and decisive victory provide irrefutable proof of the trust and confidence that Sri Lankans place in the current leadership and the ruling party of Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), to take forward their hopes and aspirations for a peaceful and prosperous nation.

On this momentous occasion, let me reaffirm our commitment to further enhance the close bilateral relations between Maldives and Sri Lanka, and cooperation on mutually important areas at regional and international fora.

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


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The Government of the Republic of Maldives and the Government of Japan, with a view to further developing friendly and cooperative relations between the two countries, signed an exchange of notes today at a ceremony held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulla Shahid and the Ambassador of Japan to the Maldives Her Excellency Keiko Yanai signed the Exchange of Notes on the Project for Human Resource Development Scholarship.

Under the terms of the Exchange of Notes, the Government of Japan shall provide scholarships for six Maldivian students per year for a period of four years.
Minister Shahid expressed sincere appreciation to the Government and the people of Japan and noted that the scholarships will provide immense contribution towards the human resource development of Maldives.

The government of Japan has always been a consistent partner of the Maldives and has contributed to the social, environmental and education sector of Maldives.

The Government of Japan has also provided a grant of 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 Government of Japan has also committed a grant of USD 1.4 million to the UNDP Maldives in support of small and medium enterprises in agri-businesses affected by COVID-19.

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Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulla Shahid sent a message expressing condolences to Charbel Wehbe, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants of the Republic of Lebanon, following the loss of lives, injuries and devastation caused by the explosions in Beirut on Tuesday evening.

Minister’s message reads as follows:

“I am deeply saddened by the shocking explosion that occurred in Beirut on Tuesday evening, and the loss of lives, injuries and the devastation caused by this tragic incident. Let me express my sincere condolences and heartfelt sympathies to the families of the bereaved, and to all those who are directly and indirectly affected.

The Maldives stands in solidarity with Lebanon, and the prayers and well wishes of the Maldivian people are with the people of Lebanon during this difficult time. We remain confident that Lebanon and the residents of Beirut will recover, rebuild and thrive to be stronger.

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

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The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Maldives, Abdulla Shahid sends message of felicitations to Nikola Dimitrov, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of North Macedonia on the occasion of their Republic 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 North Macedonia, on the auspicious occasion of your Republic day.

Let me also convey, Excellency, my personal best wishes for your good health and well-being, and for further progress of the people of the Republic of North Macedonia and the assurances of my highest considerations.”

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