The Maldives has called on the United Nations Security Council to reconsider the admission of Palestine as a full member state. This call follows the adoption of the resolution “Admission of New Member States to the United Nations” by the General Assembly on Friday.

During the tenth Emergency Special Session, the Maldives delivered a statement highlighting the overwhelming support for the resolution. The statement urged the Security Council to act urgently to end the suffering in Palestine and to ensure Israel complies with its obligations under international and humanitarian law.

The Maldives emphasised that a comprehensive solution to the Middle East conflict requires the recognition and establishment of an independent and sovereign State of Palestine, based on pre-1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

The Emergency Special Session was resumed on 10 May 2024 upon the request of the Chairs of the Arab Group, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, and the Non-aligned Movement. The new resolution grants Palestine new rights, including the right to sit alongside other UN member states and the opportunity to be nominated to speak at all UN meetings.

In a related development, Palestinian Minister of Culture Imad Abdulla Hamdan expressed gratitude to the Maldivians for their continued support. The Maldivian Ministry of Dhivehi Language, Culture and Heritage stated that Minister Adam Naseer Ibrahim met with Minister Hamdan in Baku, Azerbaijan, during his ongoing visit.

Minister Adam Naseer congratulated Palestine on the UN General Assembly’s decision and reaffirmed the strong ties between the Maldives and Palestine. He assured that these relations would remain strong under President Dr Mohamed Muizzu’s administration and that Maldives would continue to support Palestine’s efforts for independence in the international arena.

Minister Adam Naseer’s visit to Baku is at the invitation of the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s Director General.