The Maldives Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Abdul Samad Abdulla passed away today. The Maldives President’s Office said that Minister Abdul Samad passed away while being treated for kidney and heart disease, at Singapore’s Mount Elizabeth Hospital.
President Dr Mohamed Waheed has declared that the national flag be flown at half-mast for three days starting Sunday, 25 August 2013 till the end of Tuesday, 27August 2013.
President Dr Mohamed Waheed has said that it was with great sadness that he learned of the passing away of Foreign Minister Dr Abdul Samad Abdulla and that the Maldives has lost a great man.
The President said Foreign Minister Dr Abdul Samad Abdulla’s death was a national tragedy and paid tribute to Dr Samad’s services to the country.
He died at the age of 67 and was survived by his wife and three children. Dr Samad was appointed as the Minister of Foreign Affairs on 05th March 2012.
A Book of condolences in memory of Foreign Minister Dr Abdul Samad Abdulla will be placed at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. (Colombo Gazette)