New Delhi, Feb. 21 -- India on Saturday strongly supported the candidature of Maldives' foreign minister Abdulla Shahid for President of the 76th session of the UN General Assembly next year.

During his visit to the Maldives, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Saturday said that Shahid, with his vast diplomatic experience and leadership qualities is, in India's view, the best equipped to preside over the General Assembly of 193 nations of the world. "We will work together to make this a reality," he said.

Jaishankar also said that India would like to work with the Maldives during its membership of the United Nations Security Council for 2021-22.

Reciprocating the sentiment, Shahid, who spoke in Hindi, said, "A bird in flight, st...