MALDIVES GOVT REJECTS COUNTRY’S ‘INDIA OUT’ CAMPAIGN

On Wednesday the government of Maldives said that it rejects the attempts in the country to ‘spread false information’ criticising its ties with India which it considered ‘its closest ally and trusted neighbor’. The statement issued by the Foreign Ministry said that allegations of bilateral cooperations between India and Maldives undermining national security are ‘misguided’ and ‘unsubstantiated’. 

 

The statement had to be issued as there is an ongoing social media hashtag in Maldives. The #IndiaOut is being used by Maldivians critical of Ibrahim Mohamed Soli’s administration’s India First policy in international relations, who have in the past vehemently opposed “any Indian military presence”. “The Government firmly believes that these views are not the sentiments of the general public, but rather that of a small group of individuals with the objective of tarnishing the country’s long-standing cordial ties with India. … The cooperation and support provided by the Government of India, specifically on issues of maritime security, is aimed at strengthening the strategic partnership between the two countries and to ensure the safety and stability of the Indian Ocean region,” the statement read.

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