Maldives minister dies in Singapore hospital

Mahmud Abbas (L) receives a photo album from Abdul Samad Abdullah

The Foreign Minister of the Maldives, Dr Abdul Samad Abdullah, died early on Sunday morning at Mount Elizabeth Hospital.

Dr Samad, 67, was undergoing treatment for kidney and heart illnesses when he died at 4.05am.

He was admitted to Mount Elizabeth on Aug 20 after suffering a severe heart attack.

He is survived by his wife and three children.

In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed its profound sadness for Dr Samad's death and extended its deepest condolences to his family and the government of the Maldives. The Maldives' President's Office said in a statement that Dr Samad's funeral took place at 2pm yesterday at the Choa Chu Kang cemetery.

The funeral was attended by Maldives Vice-President Mohamed Waheed Deen, Dr Samad's wife and children, other family members, the Maldivian ambassador and Maldivians living in Singapore.

Dr Samad had served in numerous roles for both the Maldives Health Ministry and World Health Organisation.

He also served as the first High Commissioner of the Republic of the Maldives to Bangladesh, and was appointed Foreign Minister in March last year.

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