Foreign Minister Moosa Zameer met with the Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, at the UN Headquarters on Thursday as part of his ongoing visit to the United States.

Speaking at the meeting, Minister Zameer cited the Mohamed Muizzu administration’s multilateral agenda and underlined the importance of leveraging the momentum from the fourth International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS4). He also highlighted the crucial role of the UN System in advancing sustainable development, peace, and security, commending the Secretary-General for his dedication to upholding the UN Charter.

During the meeting, Secretary-General Guterres acknowledged the leadership demonstrated by the Maldives at the SIDS4 Conference and other international platforms, particularly in addressing climate change and development financing. He reaffirmed his commitment to supporting the sustainable development goals and ensuring global peace and security, according to a statement by the Foreign Ministry.

Foreign Minister Moosa Zameer meets with the the Palestinian Ambassador to the UN, Riyad Mansour. | Image courtesy: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Minister Zameer also met with the Palestinian Ambassador to the UN, Riyad Mansour. He expressed solidarity with Palestinian’s right to self-determination and advocated for an end to the ongoing crisis in Gaza. He reiterated the Maldives’ support for Palestine’s full membership in the UN.

Minister Zameer also hosted a working lunch for tour operators and travel advisors in New York and New Jersey to discuss Maldivian tourism and the ongoing efforts to promote the Maldives as a tourist destination in the US market. He also met with the Maldivian community in New York and New Jersey, emphasising the administration’s commitment to enhancing consular services through the Maldives’ permanent mission to the UN.

On Friday, Minister Zameer met with the UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, Li Junhua, to explore collaborative opportunities for advancing resilience and productive capacity and implementing the Outcome Document of SIDS4, known as the “Antigua and Barbuda Agenda for SIDS (ABAS).”