President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has sent a message of sympathy to the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Her Excellency Jacinda Ardern, following the terrorist attack in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

The President’s message reads as follows:

“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.

The Maldives strongly condemns such acts of terror and violence against innocent people and believe that they serve no purpose other than instilling fear and misery. We are fully committed to continue working with our international partners in the fight against this global menace.

At this time of grief, the Government and the people of the Maldives join me in sending our sympathies to Your Excellency, the Government and the people of New Zealand.

Please also convey our sincere condolences to the members of the bereaved families”.