Message by Minister of Foreign Affairs H.E. Abdulla Shahid on the occasion of the Commonwealth Day

14 March 2022

"Today, on Commonwealth Day, we join all Commonwealth members, spanning the globe, to celebrate cultural diversity, friendship and the values that bind us. It is a day to reflect on the progress we have made and celebrate our people who have made it possible. This is also the time to weigh up on what more we can do to realize our vision to advance our shared priorities.

COVID-19 has brought a number of economic issues to the forefront and revealed our shared fragility. It brought with it a new set of challenges, but it also presented us with many opportunities. With the economic recovery underway, the need for more resilient and sustainable growth is greater. This year’s theme demonstrates the many levels at which we need cooperation to ensure that we achieve our shared goals.

Commonwealth-Maldives relations have been wide-ranging and prosperous. It has grown to adapt well to our foreign policy priorities over the decades. Our people are deeply appreciative of the opportunities we receive, particularly in the fields of environment, education, technology, and sports. Our joint efforts in echoing and championing the voice and needs of SIDS is fundamental as well.

We are proud to have re-joined this family. As the Commonwealth continues to serve as a beacon of hope for many, we look forward to enhancing our partnership in finding solutions to our shared challenges through collective action. In light of this, we reaffirm our commitment to work with the Commonwealth to uphold and work together in ‘Delivering a Common Future'."