Iran and Maldives: A Resumption of Diplomatic Relations
A Step Towards Peaceful Coexistence
Iran and the Maldives have officially announced the restoration of their diplomatic relations. The Iranian Foreign Ministry released a joint statement on the 23rd of September, affirming the decision to reestablish diplomatic ties with the Maldives. The statement underlines that the resumption of relations is in alignment with the interests and aspirations of both nations.
Both governments have underscored their commitment to nurturing friendly relations based on mutual respect for sovereignty, equality, mutual benefit, and peaceful coexistence. While the specific areas of cooperation or the reasons behind the resumption of the relationship were not explicitly mentioned in the statement, the move signifies a positive shift in international relations between the two countries.
The Maldives, a staunch supporter of Saudi Arabia, severed its diplomatic ties with Iran in May 2016, following Riyadh’s decision to sever ties with Tehran earlier the same year. The relations between Iran and the Maldives were broken off in support of Saudi Arabia. The recent resumption of ties follows a few months after a normalization of relations between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The restoration of diplomatic relations between Iran and the Maldives is part of a wave of normalizations in Iran’s relations with other countries. This began in March when Tehran and Riyadh reached a groundbreaking Beijing-brokered agreement to resume diplomatic ties and reopen their embassies and missions.
Meeting on the Sidelines of the UN General Assembly
The decision to resume diplomatic relations was made during a meeting between Hossein Amirabdollahian, Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and Ahmed Khaleel, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Maldives. The meeting took place on the sidelines of the 78th Session of the UN General Assembly summit in New York.
Future Cooperation and Strengthening Ties
The two nations have shown determination to strengthen cooperation in a wide range of areas. These areas include investment, trade, seamless travel and people-to-people contact, science, and technological innovation. The decision to restore diplomatic ties is seen as a significant move towards fostering stronger bilateral relations between the two countries.
The resumption of the ties between Iran and the Maldives signifies a step towards promoting peace, stability, and cooperation in the region. This move is expected to open new avenues for collaboration and partnership between the two nations, contributing to their mutual development and prosperity.
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