The Maldives Embassy in Thailand hosted a virtual reception in commemoration of the 55th anniversary of independence in the Maldives, on Thursday.
Hosted on Thursday, the reception was joined by the Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand, Dusit Manapan, as the Chief Guest.
Speaking during the virtual reception, Ambassador of Maldives to Thailand, Mohamed Jinah shed light on the importance of collaboration especially in the business sector, between the two countries.
He further went on to thank the government and people of Thailand for the support and assistance extended for the government of Maldives, to help the country in its response efforts against the global Covid-19 pandemic.
Joining the reception, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Abdulla Shahid had delivered an address, thanking the government of Thailand for the cooperation and partnership extended as Maldives strives to build back better post pandemic.
55 years ago, the Maldives became an independent country. The smallest independent country at the time and certainly one of the poorest. We sought independence because we believed that we should have freedom to determine our destiny. At the same time, we also knew that a small poor newly independent nation could not survive without recognition, and could not have thrived without support key drivers in our decision to apply for UN membership. At that time some seriously questioned the ability of very small and economically-weak states to be effective members of the international community. But the principle of equality ensured that the Maldives became the UN’s 117th member less than two months after independence.”
~ Abdulla Shahid, Maldives Minister of Foreign Affairs
In his message during the reception joined by ambassadors representing several countries as well as senior officials from Thailand, FM Shahid also spoke in Thai dialect.