One of the key priorities of the foreign policy of this administration is to foster partnerships with countries that respects and values the friendship. In line with this, yesterday, the Republic of Maldives have formally established diplomatic relations with the Kingdom of Lesotho.
The Kingdom of Lesotho is a landlocked country in Southern Africa, that is encircled by South Africa. The country has a population of approximately 2.12 million.
Following the establishment of diplomatic relations, 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 – whereas the Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Lesotho to the United Nations, His Excellency Nkopane Raseeng Monyane, signed on behalf of the Government of Lesotho.
As comparatively small nations in the international arena, the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries shall pave the way for the two countries to cooperate further to achieve common goals in areas of mutual interest.
With the establishment of diplomatic relations with Lesotho, Maldives presently maintains diplomatic relations with 177 countries.
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