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Tuvalu and Maldives establish diplomatic relations

Tuesday the 14th March, 2006

The Permanent Representatives to the United Nations of Tuvalu and that of the Republic of Maldives, Ambassador Enele Sosene Sopoaga and Ambassador Mohamed Latheef, have signed a joint Communiqué indicating the establishment of formal diplomatic relations.

Both governments requested that the communiqué be given widest publicity as a circulated United Nations document. The Government of Tuvalu and the Government of the Republic of Maldives acknowledged the principles and purposes of the Charter of the United Nations and the relevant provisions of the Vienna Conventions on diplomatic relations.

Both Governments also expressed their confidence and desires of developing and strengthening relations of friendship and mutually beneficial cooperation. The two Ambassadors, who come from small atoll island countries, recognized that their countries equally share the characteristics of small island developing countries which in the context of their size have always caused them to suffer specific limitations to their sustainable development efforts.

For these two countries in particular, these limitations are evidenced through problems associated with rapid population growth, narrow resource bases resulting into limited domestic capital for productive investments, inability to achieve economies of scales, and the everlasting vulnerability to international economic shocks and, more importantly, to environmental and natural disasters.

In an effort to address these issues in the best realistic and pragmatic way, both Ambassadors reaffirmed the important need for the continued cooperation of the two countries in committing to the Mauritius Strategy for the Further Implementation of the Programme of Action for Small Island Developing States that was agreed upon internationally in Mauritius in January 2005, ultimately to achieve sustainable development, peace and security for their peoples.

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