Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulla Shahid and Minister of Youth, Sports and Community Empowerment Ahmed Mahloof departed to Mahe', Seychelles, on Sunday to seek support for the Maldives' bid to host Indian Ocean Island Games (IOIG) 2023.
The two ministers departed to serve as representatives for President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih to propose the bid.
Prior to departing, Minister Shahid stated that if the proposal were to be accepted, IOIG would be the grandest sporting event held in Maldives.
He further affirmed that IOIG holds a special place for Maldives as it is the first international sporting event where Maldives brought home its first medal.
Moreover, he noted that Maldives participated in every IOIG for the previous 10 years without fail, and stated, "...the administration is prioritising work underway to hold IOIG in Maldives due to the fact that it would develop the country's sporting infrastructure, which would benefit local youth for years to come".
The Sports Minister asserted his expectation that the two ministers will be able to succeed in seeking support for the bid, and thanked the Foreign Minister for working in solidarity to hold the games regarding it as a national cause.
During his visit, Minister Shahid will call on President of Seychelles Danny Faure and deliver a letter from President Solih.
Minister Shahid will also hold meetings with counterparts at Seychelles' Ministry of Foreign Affairs along with other high level Seychelles government officials.