Minister Shahid to sign additional developments projects in India

Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulla Shahid and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi | Photo: Foreign Ministry

Malé, Maldives – India informs that Foreign Minister of Maldives and President-elect of 76th United Nations General Assembly Abdullah Shahid will be signing additional development projects between Maldives and India during his official trip to the neighboring country.

This Wednesday, Minister Shahid departed on his first official visit as the President-elect of the 76th United Nations General Assembly on the invitation of the Indian government. He is scheduled to meet Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar during his trip.

During their meeting, Prime Minister and the two ministers, Dr. S. Jaishankar and Minister Shahid will be having discussion on the rapidly expanding ties between the two countries. In fact, a statement released from the Ministry of External Affairs of India informs that Minister Shahid will be signing an agreement for High Impact Community Development Projects in the Maldives with grant assistance from India.

The statement noted that Maldives occupies a central place as part of India’s Neighborhood First policy, and stated that the SAGAR vision of the Prime Minister and the two Ministers are also expected to review the entire gamut of bilateral cooperation between the two sides during their meeting.

Minister Shahid’s visit to India as the PGA-Elect will be providing opportunities for India to exchange views with him on several global challenges that the United Nations is currently seized with along with giving India the opportunity to reiterate India’s abiding commitment to multilateralism and to the UN’s leadership in confronting these challenges.

During the visit, Minister Shahid is also scheduled to speak at a a virtual public address titled “Presidency of Hope: COVID Pandemic and Need for Reformed Multilateralism” to share his for UNGA Presidency on Friday forenoon at the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA) premises at Sapru House, New Delhi.

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Maldives, Abdulla Shahid won the Presidency of the 76th session of the UN General Assembly with 143 votes on June 7th. He is the first Maldivian in history to become the President of the UN General Assembly.