Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulla Shahid and his Gambian counterpart, Mamadou Tangara, discussed Maldives’ decision to intervene in Gambia’s case at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) against Myanmar on Wednesday.
According to the foreign ministry, Shahid assured Tangara over a phone call that the government will consult and coordinate with the Gambia with regards to all work to be carried out in Maldives’ intervention.
Very pleased to receive a call from Gambian FM, Dr. Mamadou Tangara thanking the Maldives for its decision to intervene in support of the case before the ICJ, a Gambian initiative on the rights of Rohingya People. We will continue to work very closely on this important issue.
— Abdulla Shahid (@abdulla_shahid) March 24, 2020
The foreign minister also commended the Gambian government and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on their unceasing efforts to safeguard the rights of the persecuted Rohingya people and ensure their safe return home.
The two ministers stated that the two countries will collaborate further in the future, with the common objective of ensuring justice for the Rohingya.
Maldives’ decision to file an intervention at the ICJ to facilitate Gambia’s case was announced by Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulla Shahid during his address at the 43rd Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in late February.
The announcement was welcomed by Muslim states around the world, including the 57 members of the OIC as well as the Rohingya diaspora and bodies advocating for the human rights of the Rohingya, such as the Free Rohingya Coalition (FRC).
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