One of the key priorities of the foreign policy of this administration is to foster partnerships with countries that respect and value the friendship. In line with this, today, the Republic of Maldives has formally established diplomatic relations with the State of Eritrea.
The State of Eritrea is home to approximately 3.2 million people. It is a northeast African country along the Red Sea coast sharing bordered with Ethiopia, Sudan and Djibouti. Eritrea became a sovereign nation in the year 1993 and is one of the world’s poorest countries.
In this regard, the Joint Communiqué formalizing diplomatic relations between the two nations was signed during a ceremony held at the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Maldives to the United Nations in New York. On behalf of the Government of Maldives, it was signed by the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Maldives to the United Nations, Her Excellency Thilmeeza Hussain. On the other hand, Permanent Representative of the State of Eritrea to the United Nations, Her Excellency Sophia Tesfamariam Yohannes signed on behalf of the Government of Eritrea.
With the establishment of diplomatic relations with Eritrea, the Maldives presently maintains diplomatic relations with 176 countries.
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