President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih condemned Israel over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, at the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Tuesday.
During his address, he reminded UN Member States over the unresolved crisis, declaring that "Maldives will always stand unwavering in its support for the Palestinians, in their endeavour to achieve an independent and sovereign State".
"Never before has the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people been so acutely and blatantly dismissed by Israel, marginalised and discriminated against, in complete disregard of international law".
President Solih called on the UN to achieve a settlement in the conflict, driven by genuine and meaningful discourse between Arab nations and Israel.
"We need the United Nations because the problems of our times are extraordinary. Extraordinary because none of us alone can resolve them. We need the strength of the collective to fix the challenges of our times", said President Solih.
Concluding his speech, the president assured that Maldives will "continue to partner with our many international friends with a renewed spirit of openness and engagement so that together we can overcome obstacles and effectively resolve our common challenges".
His departure to the UNGA commemorates the 54th anniversary of the country becoming a member of the world body as Maldives joined the UN family on September 21, 1965, in under two months after it first gained independence.