President Mohamed Nasheed has said the Maldives was increasingly gaining respect in the international community. He spoke in this regard in this week’s radio address, which was broadcast on the Voice of Maldives this morning.

He gave this week’s radio address from New York, which was his first radio address given from abroad.

In his radio address, the President mainly focused on his ongoing visit to New York to participate in the 64th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

He also spoke on his participation in the other three high level meetings going on in conjunction with the UN General Assembly – the UN Secretary-General’s Summit on Climate Change, a high level conference on climate change organised by the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), and the Clinton Global Initiative organised by the Clinton Foundation.

In addition to these meetings, the President said he was working to hold talks with senior officials of International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank to facilitate assistance to speed up the economy.

Speaking in this regard, he noted that the Maldives needed international aid and assistance to achieve higher standards of living for Maldivians.