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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi addresses United Nations General Assembly

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Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi delivered speech to the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Saturday.

Wang Yi said that this is an era full of challenges. The world has entered a new period of turbulence and change. This is also a time of hope. World multi-polarization, economic globalization, social informatization, and cultural diversification are developing in depth, and countries are increasingly connected and interdependent. The theme of the times for peace and development has not changed, and people of all countries have a stronger desire for progress and cooperation.

For how to respond to the requirements of the times, grasp the historical trend, and jointly build a community with a shared future for mankind, Wang Yi said that China has the following six firm and clear propositions:

1. Be peaceful, not conflict. We must persist in resolving differences through peaceful means and resolving disputes through dialogue and consultation.

2. To develop, end poverty. We must insist on putting development at the center of the international agenda, let more development achievements to benefit every country and every individual.

3.  Be open, not closed. We must advocate openness and inclusiveness, uphold the multilateral trading system with the World Trade Organization at its core, and promote the building of an open world economy.

4. Be cooperative, not confrontational. It is necessary to replace conflict with dialogue, coercion with negotiation, choose win-win results, jointly resist group politics, and oppose camp confrontation.

5. Unity, not division. We should abandon ideological lines and unite to promote the world peace and development.

6. Be fair, not bully. We must actively advocate and practice genuine multilateralism, promote equality of rights, rules, and opportunities for all countries, and build a new type of international relations featuring mutual respect and win-win cooperation.

 

Source: CGTN

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Developmental projects of Maldives progressing substantially

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India’s Minister of External Affairs Dr. S. Jaishankar has affirmed that the developmental projects of the Maldives carried out with the assistance of India have been progressing considerably. The remarks were made by the minister during the Confederation of Indian Industry (CIIs) Annual Business Summit.

Speaking at the summit, Minister Jaishankar stated that some developmental projects were slightly politically influenced, hindering the progress. However, he assured that the progress of the projects have propelled at a notable rate.

Following the Minister of Foreign Affairs Moosa Zameer’s official visit to India at the invitation of Minister Jaishankar, discussions were held highlighting the spectrum of initiatives across the nation has been kickstarted through loans and grants from the Government of India during the previous administration. He emphasised the current government’s commitment to prioritising the resumption and completion of these projects.

Meanwhile, the Government of India has reaffirmed its commitment to the development and prosperity of the Maldives by extending a budgetary support of USD 50 million to be repaid within a term of one year.

Source(s): PsmNews

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Police officers complete training to prevent maritime terrorism acts

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A team of 22 police officers has successfully completed a specialised training programme focused on thwarting maritime terrorism activities.

Entitled “Training on Strengthening Capabilities to Disrupt Maritime Crimes as Related to Terrorist Threats,” the program was conducted through a collaborative effort between the Maldives Police Service (MPS) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Running from May 13 to 15, the intensive training equipped participants with essential skills and knowledge crucial for combating threats in maritime environments.

The concluding ceremony, graced by the presence of Chief Superintendent of Police Ibrahim Adnan Anees, Head of Marine Police, along with senior officials from the Marine Police Department, UNODC’s Head of Office Enrico Boninsegna, and course instructor Kenneth Alferdo Pennington, highlighted the significance of such initiatives in enhancing national security.

Addressing the gathering, Adnan underscored the importance of ongoing education and skill development, urging participants to actively apply the knowledge garnered from the program in their professional endeavors.

The training, conducted at Dhoonidhoo, Kaafu Atoll, imparted vital insights into the prevention and detection of maritime terrorism activities, emphasizing protocols for safe navigation in high-risk areas. Furthermore, officers received guidance on investigative procedures essential for effectively addressing such crimes, thereby bolstering the nation’s capabilities in combating maritime threats.

Source(s): PsmNews

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President reverts land act amendment to parliament

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President Dr. Mohamed Muizzu has reverted the Ninth Amendment Bill to the Maldives Land Act to Parliament for further consideration.

This bill, which seeks to establish criteria for recipients of residential land and mandates that land be allocated within three months of the publication of the permanent list of recipients in the gazette, was initially passed during the twenty-second sitting of Parliament’s first session this year and sent to the President’s Office for ratification on May 2.

In returning the bill, President Muizzu invoked Article 91(a) of the Constitution, which grants the President the authority to return legislation to Parliament for reconsideration.

The President’s Office has confirmed this, indicating the need for further review and potential revisions to the proposed amendment.

Source(s): PsmNews

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