President's 1st stop upon return, site of Henveiru fire

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih visiting the site of the fire in Henveiru. (Photo/President's Office)

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has visited the site of the devastating fire that hit a densely populated neighborhood of Male' city on September 20, shortly after arriving back in the country after taking part in the United Nations General Assembly.

The President arrived back in the Maldives early in the morning after taking part in the General Assembly in New York, USA.  The President was received at the Velana International Airport by Vice President Faisal Naseem. 

The first stop by the President was the location of the fire that occurred less than two weeks ago. The fire originated from a chemical storage facility in H. Thilafushige.

The President was in the country at the time of the fire and visited the site on the night of the incident before visiting those families affected by the fire. The President also ordered strong action after meeting with his cabinet to move all the chemical storage facilities in the city elsewhere before leaving for New York on September 21.

The President was the first sitting Maldivian President to address the UN's General Assembly in six years. The previous President to address the UN was Dr. Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik in 2012.

The President highlighted on pressing issues such as climate change, Palestinian conflict, Maldivian foreign policy and security of the Indian Ocean. The President also announced that the Maldives would stop single-use plastics by the year 2023. 

Several meetings on the agenda at the UN were taken part by the President including the Climate Action Summit and the Strategic Responses to Terrorist and Violent Extremism Leader's Dialogue.

The President also met with several key figures including the UN's Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Indian PM Narendra Modi, and Saudi Foreign Minister  Ibrahim Abdulaziz Al-Assaf.