Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Mohamed Asim expressed the readiness of the Maldives to take a non-permanent seat at the United Nations Security Council, while delivering the Maldives statement at the United Nations General debate this afternoon.

Minister Asim stated that the Maldives vision for the United Nations is founded on President Abdullah Yameen Abdul Gayoom’s policy of strengthening national resilience – economic, social, political and environmental resilience. It is based on crafting meaningful global solutions built on strong national policies and experiences, for the common problems for the common, and shared destiny.

Minister Asim also noted that throughout the Maldives membership at the United Nations, it has worked with a vision of a United Nations that protects people, providing them with a safe haven, and access to their rights, preserves the planet and one that promotes peace. Minister added that the Maldives has focused on providing meaningful, pragmatic, real solutions, based on sound national experience, for the common shared destiny.

Minister Asim expressed determination of Maldives and stressed that it deserves an equal chance to serve at the United Nations Security Council. “It is because we have never served before – It is the promise of equality of representation, our conviction that every nation – large or small – should have a voice, and can make a difference – our firm conviction that size does not determine destiny or value, that in our fifty-two years of membership of the United Nations, for the first time, we are seeking a seat on the United Nations Security Council for the term 2019-2020” said the Minister.

The Maldives presented its candidature for a non-permanent seat at the United Nations Security Council for the term 2019-2020 in 2008.