Maldives, on Thursday, has formally established diplomatic relations with Burundi.
Burundi is a landlocked country situated in Africa, with a population of approximately 11.89 million. The country gained independence in 1962. Its economy is mainly reliant on agriculture.
The Joint Communiqué formalizing diplomatic relations between the two countries was signed at a special ceremony held at the Permanent Mission of Maldives to the United Nations in New York on Thursday. Maldivian Government was represented by Permanent Representative of the Maldives to the United Nations Thilmeeza Hussain. Burundi Government was represented by Permanent Representative of Burundi to the United Nations Zéphyrin Maniratanga.
Cultivating meaningful partnerships with friendly countries, based on mutual respect, is a key priority of the foreign policy of President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.
As comparatively small nations in the international arena, the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Maldives and Burundi paves the way for the two to cooperate further to achieve common goals in areas of shared interest.
With the establishment of diplomatic relations with Burundi, Maldives now maintains diplomatic relations with 179 countries.