President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, on Friday, sent his condolences to New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern following the terrorist attack on two mosques in the city of Christchurch which killed 49 people.
“I was deeply shocked and saddened to learn of the cowardly terrorist attacks in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, today, resulting in the loss of innocent lives and serious injuries to many", expressed President Solih in the message.
President Solih requested Prime Minister Arden to convey the sincere condolences, which were echoed by the government and Maldivian citizens, to the bereaved families.
Additionally, the President asserted that Maldives firmly condemned any act of terror or violence and expressed the belief that these actions were solely intended to instil fear and cause misery.
The President also reiterated Maldives' commitment to continue working with international partners against the global menace of terrorism.
"It is clear that this can now only be described as a terrorist attack," said Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, adding it marked "one of New Zealand's darkest days".
The gunman at one mosque was identified as an Australian-born citizen and certain materials circulating online suggest that the shooter had streamed his attack on Facebook Live.
Located within five kilometres of each other, Masjid al Noor and Linwood Ave mosque which were targeted are known to be frequented by the considerable number of Maldivians who live in Christchurch.
Minister Shahid gratitude that none of those reported dead or injured were identified to be Maldivian.
The Foreign Minister also released a statement harshly condemning the attacks.