Solih to become the first Maldivian leader to address UN in 6 years

File photo of President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih at a press conference on July 4, 2019. (File Photo/Sun/Ahmed Awshan Ilyas)

Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih is scheduled to deliver an address to the UN General Assembly in New York this September – which will make him the first Maldivian leader to address the UN General Assembly in six years.

Solih’s predecessor, President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, during his five-year tenure, declined to personally address the UN General Assembly, and instead delegated the task to his Cabinet ministers.

The UN General Assembly is scheduled to be held at the UN headquarters in New York from September 17 to 30, and will be attended by multiple global leaders.

A government official reported to Sun that Maldives will be represented at the upcoming UN General Assembly by President Solih.

However, the decision is yet to be announced via an official government channel.

The annual UN General Assembly is a global platform for leaders of member countries to discuss a wide array of domestic, regional and global issues.

President Solih has pledged to put an end to years of isolation by Maldives in the global arena. He has pledged to restore and reinforce ties with bilateral partners and to garner respect for Maldives in the global arena.