Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulla Shahid has sent a message of sympathy to Dinesh Gunawardena, Minister for Foreign Affairs of of Sri Lanka, following the fire on the container vessel MV X-Press Pearl off the coast of Sri Lanka.
Minister’s message reads as follows:
“I was deeply worried to learn the news of the fire on the container vessel MV X-Press Pearl that occurred off the coast of Sri Lanka on 20th May, and have been following the developments closely.
Similar to Sri Lanka, Maldives also relies on the Indian Ocean for its valuable resources, and thus we fully understand the challenges and consequences this can have on the environment, in particular the marine ecosystem, and livelihoods of the people. The Government and the people of Maldives stand with the Government and the people of Sri Lanka in this difficult time.
I sincerely hope that the efforts to limit and mitigate the consequences of this tragic incident continue swiftly and successfully.”