President Waheed returns from Palestine visit

President Dr Mohamed Waheed has returned to Male’ today after an official visit to Palestine, where he chaired the 4th International Islamic Conference of Bait Al Maqdis.

Dr Waheed used his visit to hold talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on extending relations between the two nations, while also visiting key local sites such as Birzeit University.

Speaking at the university on Wednesday (June 5), President Waheed discussed a number of issues such as climate change and its impact on development in the Maldives.

He also talked to students concerning consolidating democratic change in the Maldives, according to the President’s Office website.

Whilst chairing the Islamic conference during his visit, President Waheed pledged the Maldives’ continued support to finding a two-state solution to ensure peace between Palestine and Israel.

He also reiterated the Maldives’ position backing the establishment of the State of Palestine with East Jerusalem as its capital from lands occupied in the 1967 war.

Ahead of the conference, Dr Waheed was presented with the ‘Star of Palestine’ by President Mahmoud Abbas on June 4 in recognition of his efforts to strengthen relations between the two countries, the President’s Office website has said.