The Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulla Shahid met with Mr. Riyad al-Maliki, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates of the State of Palestine, in New York on Thursday.
During the meeting held on the sidelines of the joint debate on the “situation in the middle east” at the United Nations General Assembly, Minister Shahid and Minister Al-Maliki reflected on the long history of bilateral relations between the two countries, and the fraternal warmth and affection shared between the people of Maldives and Palestine.
Minister Shahid reiterated the unwavering support of Maldives in advocating for full Palestinian statehood and the inalienable right of the Palestinian people to self-determination; and conveyed a message of solidarity from His Excellency President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and the people of Maldives to the His Excellency President Mahmoud Abbas and people of Palestine.
Minister al-Maliki thanked Minister Shahid for the sentiments and stated that the people of Palestine take strength from the people of Maldives in this hard time. Minister Shahid further re-affirmed that the Maldives position on Palestine will remain unchanged and that it will continue to be a staunch advocate for protecting the human rights and dignity of the Palestinian people in the international arena.