HIGHLIGHTS:

  • India’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador, K. Nagaraj Naidu has been appointed as the Chef du Cabinet.
  • President-elect Abdulla Shahid appointed Ambassador Thilmeeza Hussain as Special Envoy of the PGA.
  • Shahid highlighted that his main priority will be recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and working to ensure vaccine equity.

Today, Maldivian Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid also the President-elect of the 76th session of the UN General Assembly appointed India’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador, K. Nagaraj Naidu as his Chef du Cabinet.

Taking to his official Twitter handle, Shahid tweeted that he has appointed Ambassador Thilmeeza Hussain as Special Envoy of the PGA, and Ambassador Nagaraj Naidu Kumar as his Chef de Cabinet. “They will be instrumental in delivering my vision for the #PresidencyOfHope,” he wrote.

After being appointed as the PGA-elect’s Chef du Cabinet, Naidu termed it as a ‘privilege’. “It is an opportunity to serve under the leadership of President-elect Abdulla Shahid. We are looking forward to a Presidency of hope,” he added. On the other hand, Hussein is the Permanent Representative of the Maldives to the United Nations and Ambassador to the United States.

On Wednesday, both Shahid and Naidu met the present General Assembly President Volkan Bozkir. They thanked him for his support during the election and discussed the next steps. Shahid highlighted that his main priority will be recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and working to ensure vaccine equity.

Back on June 7, Shahid was elected as the President of the next session of the UN General Assembly that will commence in September. He had managed to receive 143 votes out of the 191 ballots cast in the 193-member General Assembly, winning against former Foreign Minister of Afghanistan Dr. Zalmai Rassoul, who got 48 votes.

According to the established rules of regional rotation, the President of the 76th session of the General Assembly was to be elected from the Group of Asia-Pacific States.

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