Minister of Foreign Affairs, Abdulla Shahid met with several Foreign Ministers and Permanent Representatives in New York today.

Foreign Minister Shahid met with the Foreign Ministers of Belgium, Dominican Republic and Kuwait and discussed avenues for enhancing bilateral cooperation and discussed ways to further strengthen cooperation on global issues of mutual interest, multilaterally.

Foreign Minister Shahid also met with Permanent Representatives of Fiji, Singapore, India, Japan, United Arab Emirates, Canada, Saudi Arabia, and Nigeria and held discussions on issues of mutual interest, and explored avenues for future cooperation, especially on issues of critical importance to the Maldives such as climate change. The Foreign minister is visiting New York, to speak at the United Nations Security Council’s Open Debate “Addressing impacts of climate-related disasters on international peace and security”, scheduled for 25 January.

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Minister of Foreign Affairs, Abdulla Shahid met with senior officials of the United States National Security Council today.

At the meeting held at the National Security Council in Washington DC, Minister Shahid discussed on-going cooperation between the Maldives and the US in the areas of security, and discussed avenues for joint cooperation.

Minister Shahid was accompanied in the meetings by Mr. Ahmed Khaleel, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Dr. Ali Naseer Mohamed, Permanent Representative of the Maldives to the UN and Ambassador to the United States, and Mr. Ahmed Nasir, First Secretary at the Maldives Mission in New York.

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Abdulla Shahid met with senior officials of the United States Department of State today.

At the meeting held with Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asia, Ambassador Alice Wells, discussions were held on ways to further enhance bilateral cooperation between the Maldives and the United States, including strengthening governance and democratic consolidation in the Maldives.

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“There is a profound dependency, — a mutual dependency — between Indian Ocean and the Maldives” says Foreign Minister Shahid in his speech delivered at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) today, on the topic, Maldives and Indian Ocean security.

At the Round Table held at the CSIS in Washington DC, Minister Shahid stressed on the Maldives belief that a stronger partnership between the United States and the Maldives is crucial for promoting maritime security in the Indian Ocean.

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Minister of Foreign Affairs, Abdulla Shahid met with senior officials of the United States Department of Treasury and the USAID today.

At the meetings held in Washington DC, areas of further cooperation on capacity building, human resource development, and financial sector management for the Maldives, were identified.

Minister Shahid was accompanied in the meeting by Mr. Ahmed Khaleel, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Mr. Ali Naseer Mohamed, Permanent Representative of the Maldives to the UN and Ambassador to the United States.