President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on Friday delivered his official Independence Day address to the Maldivian people on the occasion of the nations 54th Independence Day.
During his address, President Solih noted that we are embarking on another year as a sovereign state and that his administration's foremost objective is to ensure wellness and unity in the community through policies that focus on improving housing, infrastructure, health and social welfare.
He noted that the administration's goal is to afford all Maldivian citizens with the means to realize their potential and live fulfilled lives with civil liberties and economic prosperity.
The President stressed that "freedom is a fundamental right that defines us as humans; it is an inalienable birthright that should never be taken away and the freedoms to which all Maldivian citizens are entitled to should never be compromised or undermined, for any reason."
Furthermore, he expressed it is necessary to take time to reflect and compare the measures of freedom in the past and present expectations for the future. He stated that this is needed to make sure the constitutional principals and Islamic values of the country are protected.
According to him, our sovereignty lets us stand on equal footing with the international community, and that under his administration Maldives will firmly maintain its autonomy through all developmental strides and diplomatic associations.
Speaking further on freedom, he noted that being recognized as an equal within the international community should be matched by freedom at home.
"This Government will do all it can to ensure that the citizens of this country are not only never deprived of our constitutional liberties, but will also have our freedom and voices magnified by implementing an ambitious development agenda, unprecedented in its scale, that will enrich and enhance the quality of life."
President Solih further expressed confidence for the future of Maldives, particularly in light of the youth who are flourishing in all fields. He highlighted the recent achievements of the Maldivian athletes in the 10th Indian Ocean Island Games (IOIG) held in Mauritius.
The Government will ensure that Maldivians are not only free from foreign influence but are also free from want and the evils of bribery, corruption and the abuse of state authority, the President remarked.
The President ended his remarks by wishing all beloved Maldivians a very happy Independence Day.