President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has conveyed felicitations, in separate messages, to His Royal Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates; His Royal Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates; and His Royal Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Maldives and the United Arab Emirates.
In his message the President noted with thanks and appreciation that the United Arab Emirates has stood by the Maldives as a brotherly nation and a reliable development partner for over four decades, and has played a crucial role in charting and operationalizing the socio-economic development course of the Maldives.
The President further noted that the Maldives and the United Arab Emirates share converging views on a myriad of bilateral and international issues of common concern. In addition to undertaking major development projects in the Maldives, the President highlighted that the United Arab Emirates has been a staunch advocate alongside Maldives on global issues such as climate change awareness and combating terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.
Reflecting on the past 40 years, the President emphasized that the Maldives-UAE development partnership has progressed exponentially in recent years and expressed earnest hope for the continuation of this trend in the years to come.
The President also took the opportune occasion to reaffirm his sound commitment to further cultivate and sustain the economic, commercial, social and cultural ties between the Maldives and the United Arab Emirates, for the mutual benefit of both countries and their two fraternal peoples.
Diplomatic relations between the Maldives and the United Arab Emirates was established on 15 March 1978.
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