President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on Saturday departed to the United States of America to attend the 74th Annual Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
Marking the first occasion in the past seven years for a Maldivian Head of State to address the UNGA, President Solih will address the session on his administration’s resolve to actively engage with the international community to promote Maldives' interests and priorities on the world stage.
His departure to speak at the UN Member State gathering on behalf of Maldives 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.
This symbolises Maldives' entry into the global arena as a result of the incumbent administration's increased focus on furthering bilateral and multilateral engagement through foreign policy.
The annual sessions of the UNGA gather together the leaders of all UN Member State to discuss and deliberate on major global issues.
The present session of the UNGA opened on September 17 and is set to continue until September 30.