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Maldives suspends all ties with Israel, showing solidarity to Palestine

Lamya Abdulla
18 May 2021, MVT 21:59
Children with Palestinian flags, showing solidarity to Palestine -- Photo: Nishan Ali/ Mihaaru
Lamya Abdulla
18 May 2021, MVT 21:59

Maldives suspended all relations with Israel, following the atrocities committed against the people of Palestine.

On Tuesday, President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih said via Twitter that the people of Maldives "stand in solidarity with Palestine." Tweeting with a photo of the Palestinian flag, the President used the #FreePalestine hashtag as well.

His actions came at a time when the Maldivian public have been showing their support to the Palestinian cause by using the colours of the Palestinian flag all over the island nation. The public movement showed Maldivians waving the flag from their households, in solidarity with Palestine.

Spokesperson to the President, Mohamed Mabrook Azeez quoted President's tweet, adding that the stance of Maldives was clear.

"We stand against injustice and in solidarity with the Palestinian people’s struggle to secure their inalienable right to statehood," Mabrook said.

Spokesperson to the President, Mabrook announces that Maldives will be suspending all ties with Maldives

He further said all relations between Maldives and Israel were now suspended, including the import of Israeli products.

Importing Israeli products have been banned in Maldives since 2014. Only special medical products can be imported, and that requires a special permit as well.

A woman holding a Palestinian flag and a poster that says "Maldivians with Palestine," in Dhivehi -- Photo: Nishan Ali/ Mihaaru

Since the Israeli violence against Palestinians have in the recent weeks, public outcry to boycott their products and ban their tourists from Maldives have increased. An emergency motion was submitted to the Parliament on Monday by opposition party Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) member, Representative of Naifaru constituency Ahmed Shiyam, calling to ban Israeli tourists as well.

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih previously tweeted in solidarity with Palestine on May 11 as well.