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Maldives to support India’s candidature to UNSC for term 2028-2029

World NewsMaldives to support India's candidature to UNSC for term 2028-2029

Maldives has decided to support India’s candidature for non-permanent seat. United Nations Security Council for the term 2028-2029, for which elections are scheduled to be held in June 2027 during the eighty-eighth session of the United Nations General Assembly.

The decision to support India was taken after External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar’s visit to the Maldives on January 18 and 19.

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The country’s strong support for India is rooted in the strong partnership and close bonds of friendship that exist between the two countries, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Maldives said in a statement.

“India has consistently demonstrated strong and effective leadership in maintaining international peace and security. India has also been a strong supporter of the values ​​and principles enshrined in the UN Charter,” the statement said.

“The Government of Maldives is confident that India will be a voice for all developing countries in the Security Council, and will continue to contribute meaningfully to the global dialogue on peace and security in the years to come,” it added.

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During his visit to Maldives, EM Jaishankar met President Ibrahim Muhammad Saleh and interacted with Foreign Minister Abdullah Shahid.

During the visit, agreements on bilateral development cooperation were signed, besides the foundation stones, inauguration and handover of several important projects supported by India which will contribute to the socio-economic development of Maldives. .

Jaishankar, along with Maldivian Foreign Minister Abdullah Shahid, inaugurated an Indian-funded community center in Phokkaidhu.

The minister said that the bilateral development partnership is creating quality social infrastructure in the Maldives, spread over 16 atolls and 36 islands, and joint efforts promote women and youth development and sports.

During the visit, Jaishankar along with the Maldivian President, Ministers and local leaders attended the foundation stone laying ceremony of the Hanimadhu International Airport development project.

This project will bridge the gap between the people of Northern Maldives and the rest of the world and bring the people of both countries closer together.

Jaishankar had said that the signing of the MIFCO (Maldives Industrial Fisheries Company Limited) facility expansion agreement would also be an important milestone that would increase livelihood opportunities.

“Our focus on capacity development is also reflected in the training programs that have benefited over 900 Maldivian personnel last year alone,” Jaishankar said in a tweet.

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