President: Top policy is to ascertain independence, people’s safety

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih (R) inaugurates the Fathulla Jameel Building on July 15, 2021. (Photo/President's Office)

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih said on Thursday that his administration’s top policy is to ascertain the independence of Maldives and the safety of its people.

He made the statement in his speech at the ceremony on Thursday to dedicate the Foreign Ministry building in memory of the late Fathulla Jameel – the longest serving Foreign Minister in Maldives.

In his speech, President Solih said that the incumbent Maldivian Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid’s election to presidency of the UN General Assembly is evidence to the entire world that Maldives’ independence is protected in the true sense of the word.

He said that Maldives will always advocate for independence of all nations.

“Maldives will always advocate to minimize the impact of climate change on the environment. To protect and safeguard human rights without any discrimination. Maldives will always maintain the policy for prioritizing democratic values and peace,” he said.

President Solih said Maldives’ values and policies in foreign diplomacy have now gained global recognition.

He said credited Maldivian Foreign Minister’s landslide election victory as President of the 76th UNGA to Shahid’s wise policy to prove to the world that Maldives will maintain its foreign policies.

“I acknowledge the efforts of Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid and his foreign service team to communicate Maldives’ foreign policies to the entire world. I am sure Maldives’ foreign service team will bring prestige to the Maldivian people through more vibrant work in the future,” he said.

President Solih noted that the Foreign Ministry building was originally constructed in 2005, and renovated again in 2019 with assistance from China, and thanked the Chinese government for its support.