The councils of Gaafu Alif Atoll and Fuvahmulah, on Saturday, signed an agreement on sharing the region's collective resources amongst the islands of both atolls.
In the 'Sister Island Conference' held at Gaafu Alif Atoll's Gemanafushi, the agreement was signed by the atoll's island council presidents as well as Fuvahmulah City's Mayor Mohamed Falah Shareef.
Fuvahmulah City Council's Director General Ahmed Nijaah told local media Mihaaru that all the island councils, with the exception of Nilandhoo Island Council seeking to hold further negotiations, signed the document.
He further revealed that discussions of the conference revolved around eight key points, including education, transport, healthcare, tourism and sports.
"Both the atolls are calling for the government to establish air travel between the two atolls", Nijaah declared.
Due to the travel restrictions imposed in an attempt to curb the spread of COVID-19, residents living outside the Greater Male' Region have lately resorted to seeking healthcare from other islands.
Therefore, Nijaah stated that increasing accessibility for people of Gaafu Alif Atoll to seek treatment in Fuvahmulah was also a notable point discussed in the conference.
"Attempts are underway to arrange prior appointments and establish a feasible transport system", he said.
Nijaah further noted that the councils will hold monthly meetings to monitor the progress of the implementation of the agreement.