President returns to Maldives after attending 76th Session of UNGA

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and First Lady Fazna Ahmed | Photo: President's Office

Malé, Maldives – President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has concluded his official trip to New York City to attend the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) and returned to Maldives.

The President was joined by First Lady Fazna Ahmed and a high-level Maldivian delegation.

In addition to addressing the UNGA in the Maldivian national language, Dhivehi, the President also participated in a number of events on the sidelines of the GA.

The President met with UN Secretary-General Gutteres and PGA Shahid and invited him to visit Maldives in his capacity as PGA.

President Solih attended the Climate Moment, a meeting convened by the United Nations Secretary-General (UNSG), His Excellency Antonio Guterres, and the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, The Right Honourable Boris Johnson, the day before delivering his address at the General Debate.

Other high-level events attended by the President on the margins of the 76th UNGA include the panel on Transformative Action for Nature and People, which met to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action, and the online session of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) Leaders’ Summit 2021.

President Solih also held official meetings with a number of world leaders at the United Nations Headquarters (UNHQ) in New York City. President Solih met with the President of the Portuguese Republic His Excellency Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, the President of the Swiss Confederation, His Excellency Guy Parmelin, the President of the Republic of Cabo Verde His Excellency Jorge Carlos Fonseca, President of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Irfan Ali, the Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, Her Excellency Sheikh Hasina, the President of the Republic of Palau His Excellency Surangel S. Whipps, Jr. and the Prime Minister of the State of Kuwait, His Highness Sheikh Sabah Khalid Al-Hamad Al-Sabah.

The 76th Session of the UNGA was a watershed moment for the Maldives, with a Maldivian serving as President of the UNGA for the first time in our country’s history.