President of the 76th Session of the UN General Assembly, Abdulla Shahid, has extended his heartfelt condolences to the royal family, the people of the United Kingdom, and of the Commonwealth on the demise of Queen Elizabeth II.
Shahid, in a statement on Thursday, said he was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
“Queen Elizabeth steadfast leadership during these turbulent times has been a source of stability and resilience for people around the world.
“Her Majesty had dedicated her life to public service and the service of the Commonwealth,’’ he said.
According to him, his country, Maldives is a member of the Commonwealth, extolling the support of the great leader.
“I am grateful to Her Majesty for the support she has shown to its 56 members who have championed the cause of small islands over the years.
“The international community has lost a great advocate for peace, sustainable development and human rights,’’ he said.
Queen Elizabeth, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch and the nation’s figurehead for seven decades, died at the age of 96 in Balmoral, Scotland, the Buckingham Palace said on Thursday.