Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Maldives, His Excellency Abdulla Shahid had a telephone conversation with, His Excellency Mr. Elmar Maharram oglu Mammadyarov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Azerbaijan today.
Minister Shahid briefed his Azerbaijani counterpart on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Maldives and the measures implemented to curb the spread of the virus. Minister Shahid applauded the excellent work carried out by Azerbaijan in steering the work of the Non-Aligned Movement during its ongoing Chairmanship. Minister Shahid commended the initiative taken by Azerbaijan in holding the Online Summit Level Meeting of the NAM Contact Group in response to COVID-19 pandemic.
Minister Shahid highlighted the impact on the economy of the Maldives noting that Maldives as a small island developing state is highly dependent on tourism and imports. Minister Shahid noted the steep challenges posed to the country’s health sector in coping with the COVID-19 pandemic and requested for assistance from the Government of Azerbaijan.
Both Foreign Ministers reaffirmed their commitment to continued cooperation and collaboration in advancing interests on areas of mutual concern, both bilaterally and internationally.