President Dr Mohamed Muizzu has reiterated the administration's commitment to prioritise the interests of Maldivians. He made the statement while speaking at tonight's meeting with the Maldivian community residing in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The President is in Dubai to attend the 28th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP28).

Addressing the gathering, President Dr Muizzu stated that the administration is committed to working collaboratively with the Maldivian people and would actively seek their input and feedback. The President noted that decisions would be made in such a way that it addresses the needs of the people.

President Dr Muizzu assured that the administration will utilise a policy to enhance the services extended to Maldivians residing overseas. He further underscored that the operations of the respective diplomatic outposts would be strategically aligned to foster effective collaboration with Maldivians and to prioritise the needs of Maldivian communities abroad. In addition, the President noted that the administration is committed to ensuring that all newly appointed ambassadors to foreign nations will be oriented towards better serving the people.

Speaking with the Maldivian community, President Dr Muizzu announced that the administration's highest priority is to promote nationalism. The President stated that the newly established Ministry of Dhivehi Language, Culture and Heritage is mandated with collaborating with the embassies and consulates abroad, to ensure that initiatives are planned to incorporate Dhivehi language and Islam into programmes for Maldivians residing abroad.

He further detailed the necessity of advancing religious education and early childhood nurturing by assigning diplomatic outposts the additional task of teaching Dhivehi and Islam subjects, beyond their conventional duties. The President revealed plans to broaden the administration's efforts to rekindle nationalism beyond the borders of the Maldives, aiming to reach all Maldivians residing overseas. He then articulated a vision of elevating the Maldivian identity to a level of esteemed recognition.

Speaking about COP28, which is scheduled to commence this Friday, President Dr Muizzu indicated that the Maldives would actively pursue additional support to address climate change after the conference.

At tonight's gathering, President Dr Muizzu engaged in dialogue with the local Maldivian community residing in the UAE. He reaffirmed the administration's dedication to addressing their concerns.