Maldives govt. shares concerns over false allegations regarding relations with India

Maldives President Ibrahim Solih (R) with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) during a state visit in 2018 | Photo: MEA

Malé, Maldives – The Government of Maldives on Tuesday released a statement regarding the spread of false information about the bilateral relations with India.

Recently, the opposition leader and former President Yameen Abdul Gayyoom has departed on the “India Out” campaign across Kaafu Atoll.

The statement read that the government is profoundly concerned by the attempts to spread misguided and unsubstantiated information to propagate hatred towards India, one of the closest bilateral partners of the Maldives by a small group of individuals and a few political personalities.

The Government stated that while the current administration champions the freedom of expression and freedom of assembly, the Government strongly believes these fundamental rights should be exercised in a democratic and responsible manner.

Spreading hatred and making false allegations regarding bilateral ties with neighbouring countries affect the safety and security of their citizens in Maldives, and Maldivians living abroad.

The Government reaffirmed that the country’s long-standing ties with all its international partners are based on principles of mutual respect and understanding, and in accordance with respective national and international law. Such interactions in the international sphere does not, and will not undermine the Maldives’ independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity. In fact, they are designed to enhance the Maldives’ national interests, and deliver for the people of the Maldives.

The Government of Maldives urged all parties, especially the political leadership, to act responsibly, and refrain from spreading false information that undermines the country’s cordial relations with its neighbours, and the international community.