Maldivian gov’t stands up for Indian Prime Minister Modi

Opposition protesters wearing face masks depicting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the demonstrations during Eid Al-Adha festivities. | Photo: Dhauru

The government of Maldives has condemned the the oppositions use of face masks depicting Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the demonstrations held for Eid Al-Adha festivities.

The government also denounced the attempts to spread false information through various platforms, using the so-called “India Out” slogan.

In the statement released by the Foreign Ministry, the government stated that such dishonorable acts by the opposition regarding one of Maldives’ key bilateral partners and its leadership during Eid Al-Adha festivities, provokes hatred and also promote hostility with the objective of tarnishing the country’s long-standing cordial ties with India.

The strong bilateral relationship between the Maldives and India is based on shared historical and cultural ties, matched by dynamic people to people contact, the statement read.

India has always been the Maldives’ closest ally and trusted neighbour, extending constant and consistent support to the people of Maldives on all fronts.

The statement also read that the long-standing ties between both countries has been elevated to new heights during the past five years, with the strong commitment of the leadership of both countries. The Government appreciates India’s “Neighbourhood First Policy” and Maldives reiterates to uphold its “India First” policy and remains committed to cementing the close ties it shares with India.

The government urged all parties to act responsibly and refrain from such disrespectful acts and spreading false information that undermines the country’s relations with its neighbours and the international community.