Maldives needs international assistance to revive economy, says pres

Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has stated that the Maldives is in need of assistance from foreign nations to tackle the challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The President expressed these sentiments at the High Level Meeting to Commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations, where he joined his peers to deliver a statement celebrating this milestone year for the globe’s most important body.

Speaking at the event held virtually in light of the ongoing pandemic, President Solih noted that the principles and values enshrined in the United Nations Charter are especially important to tackle one of the greatest challenges to ever confront the post-war globe. While COVID-19 is the biggest obstacle faced by the world, the president said the archipelago aligned its actions according to the UN Charters.

Stressing that the immediate task confronting the global community is recovering from the disease’s impacts, the President expressed that vulnerable countries such as the Maldives will need international assistance to revive our economies and restore our major industries — especially its vital tourism industry — to full strength. In turn, he expressed, the Maldives is prepared to stand shoulder to shoulder with the rest of the global community to confront this and other challenges, in the spirit of multilateralism, as a proud member of the United Nations.

President Solih further noted that the Maldives uses UN platforms to engage with its international partners on every conceivable issue, from climate change to counter-terrorism, to trade and regional institutionalism.

The UN Security Council admitted Maldives as a member of the United Nations on September 20, 1965. The event almost exactly coincides with the Maldives’ 55th Anniversary as a member state of the United Nations, less than two months after its independence.