Newly appointed Permanent Representative of Maldives to the United Nations (UN), Thilmeeza Hussain, presented her credentials to UN Secretary General António Guterres on Tuesday.
In addition to serving as Ambassador to the United States and Canada, Thilmeeza is the first Maldivian woman to be appointed as a Permanent Representative to the UN.
Moreover, Thilmeeza paid a courtesy call on UN Permanent Representatives from the Bahamas, Mauritius, Afghanistan, Austria and Norway.
In early May, she presented her credentials to US State Department's Chief of Protocol, Ambassador Sean P. Lawler.
The Ambassador is an Adjunct Professor of Sustainability at New Jersey's Ramapo College. She is also the Co-Chair of Socially and Economically Just Adaptation and Mitigation Team at the United States Climate Action Network.
She had previously served as the Deputy Permanent Representative at the Permanent Mission of Maldives to UN, and also held the post of Non-Resident Deputy Ambassador to the USA and Canada.
In light of recently strengthened bilateral ties between the two countries, The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), on March 12, signed a USD 20 million (MVR 310 million) development agreement with Maldives.
US Ambassador to Maldives Alaina Teplitz and Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulla Shahid also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) extending academic exchanges conducted under the US Fulbright program.