President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and First Lady Fazna Ahmed have arrived in the Maldives this morning after concluding the trip to New York City, United States.

The President made the trip to the US earlier this month to attend the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

He and the First Lady were accompanied by a high-level Maldivian delegation.

President Solih was the third speaker of the high-level general debate and in his, recalled how the UN had initially debated the merits of admitting a small island state like the Maldives and stated that the fact that he could address the President of the General Assembly (PGA), Abdullah Shahid, in their mother tongue validated Maldives' progress in expanding global recognition.

In his speech, President Solih also addressed the Covid-19 pandemic, stating that it had proven, in stark terms, how interconnected we are in today's world and emphasized the importance of collaboration.

President Solih participated in a number of events on the sidelines of the GA during his visit including the Climate Moment, a meeting convened by the United Nations Secretary-General (UNSG) Antonio Guterres, and the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson.

President Solih also held official meetings with a number of world leaders at the United Nations Headquarters (UNHQ) in New York City including the Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina.