The new Ambassador of the Federative Republic of Brazil to the Republic of Maldives, H.E. Sergio Luiz Canaes, on Monday presented his credentials to H.E. President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih. The President and the Ambassador spoke extensively afterwards on further strengthening Maldives-Brazil relations and other mutually concerning issues.

After congratulating the Ambassador on his new appointment, President Solih noted that this year marks the 34th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between the two countries. He stressed the close ties between the two, extending his assurances of continuing to foster the relationship and cooperation.

The President and the Ambassador discussed a wide range of topics, including the Covid-19 pandemic, trade, the economy and commerce, tourism, climate change and sustainable development, and other issues of global concern. Briefing the Ambassador on the administration’s aim of achieving more sustainable growth, President Solih stated that he wished to strengthen cooperation on boosting the Maldives’ blue economy.

Discussing the effects of climate change on livelihoods, food security, development, and existence of the Maldives and its people, President Solih stressed the need for urgent climate action. He extended his gratitude for Brazil’s support to the Maldives during the Covid-19 pandemic. President Solih also spoke with the Ambassador about increasing the number of tourist arrivals from Brazil.

Speaking with the President, the Brazilian Ambassador expressed gratitude for the Maldives’ support and cooperation with Brazil on the international stage. He informed the President that a donation of 80,000 doses of vaccines from the Ministry of Public Health under Humanitarian Cooperation of Brazil to the Maldives would be dispatched later this month. President Solih thanked the Ambassador for the generous gesture.

In conclusion, President Solih and Ambassador Canaes reiterated their commitment to bolster Maldives-Brazil relations further and strengthen cooperation on the international front.