April 01, 2018

The Republic of Maldives and the Republic of Zambia have formally established diplomatic relations today.

The Joint Communiqué formalizing diplomatic relations between the two countries was signed on behalf of the Government of Maldives, by His Excellency Dr. Ali Naseer Mohamed, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Maldives to the United Nations and on behalf of the Government of Zambia, by His Excellency Lazarous Kapambwe, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Zambia to the United Nations. The joint communiqué was signed at a ceremony held at Bandos Island Resort, Maldives.

Speaking at the ceremony today, both Ambassadors expressed their desire to forge closer cooperation between the two countries and to maintain better coordination in their work within the United Nations and other international arenas on matters of mutual concern, especially in advocating climate change, peace and security.

The establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries marks a historic opening for cooperation connecting the peoples of the two countries in all areas of mutual interest.

Zambia is a landlocked country in Africa, situated on the Southern African plateau with a population of approximately 16 million.

The Republic of Zambia is the 166th country to establish diplomatic relations with the Maldives.