On the occasion of the Maldivian Independence Day, I wish to convey warm greetings and best wishes to the people of the Maldives residing in Bangladesh and the brotherly people of Bangladesh.

This year also marks the 43rd Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Maldives and Bangladesh. Over the past four decades our friendship has grown from strength to strength, and we have forged close collaboration on several fronts. In this regard, I am happy to note the ongoing cooperation in the fields of health, education and human resources, among others. Moreover, the people-to-people connections between our two countries have also reached an all-time high, cemented by interactions at the highest levels. His Excellency President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih undertook a state visit to Bangladesh coinciding with the jubilant celebrations of the Birth Centenary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, and the Golden Jubilee of independence of Bangladesh in March this year. I also had the privilege of visiting Bangladesh on a bilateral visit in February this year.

Bangladesh is a country with huge potential in human resources, and the Maldives continues to benefit significantly in the training of medical professionals and other technical sectors as well. In addition, it is important to note the immense contribution made by Bangladeshi workers in key sectors of the Maldivian economy. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the Government of Bangladesh for the generous support extended to Maldives to combat the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

On this auspicious occasion, I thank our friends in the regional and international community for their partnership and generous support to multilateralism, and the United Nations. When Maldives assumes Presidency of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly, I will ensure that our mutual priorities are duly represented and addressed in the multilateral discussions at the United Nations.

It is my sincere hope that the strong ties of friendship between our two countries will be fortified in the years ahead, and I look forward to further enhancing cooperation between our two Governments and peoples.

I wish continued peace, progress and prosperity for the friendly people of Bangladesh and all Maldivians living at home and abroad.