Maldives Minister of Foreign Affairs chairs the UN General Assembly

United nations-. The United Nations General Assembly today elected Abdullah Shahid, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Maldives, as President of the 76th session which will start in September.

A martyr won the support of 143 countries for the Afghan diplomat Zalmay Rasoul, who received the support of 48 countries.

On Monday, the association’s next president said his top priority would be recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres congratulated the new leader of the most representative body at the United Nations and highlighted his “long experience as a diplomat” thanks to his understanding of the importance of multilateralism in addressing global challenges.

Guterres also noted that coming from a small island nation gives him a “unique perspective” ahead of the COP26 Climate Change Summit to be held in November in Glasgow, Scotland.

Shahid was the speaker of the Maldives Parliament, and since 2018 he has held the position of foreign minister for the second time, a position in which he has revived previously fractured relations and forged new partnerships, according to his official biography.

The elected official represents the Asia-Pacific Group, which is responsible for managing the principal body of the United Nations as part of the established regional rotation.

Starting in September, Turkish diplomat Volkan Bozkir will be relieved, before the start of the high-level sessions that traditionally gather in New York heads of state and government from around the world.

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