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Foreign Ministry: Bilateral cooperation with India does not undermine national security

Lamya Abdulla
17 November 2021, MVT 13:37
(FILE) Indian High Commission, on July 21, 2021: Foreign Ministry released a press statement over the increased traction the "India Out" movement have been receiving -- Photo: Ahmed Awshan Ilyas/ Mihaaru
Lamya Abdulla
17 November 2021, MVT 13:37

Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday that bilateral cooperation between India and Maldives does not undermine Maldives' national security.

Addressing the "India Out" movement which has been gaining traction on media and social media platforms, the ministry said in a press statement that such claims were false.

The ministry also stated the country's international connections are based on mutual respect and understanding, and in accordance with national and international laws, reassuring such ties will not undermine Maldives' national security.

"... 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," Foreign Ministry said.

The ministry further stated that they believe this is not how the public views Maldives' relationship with India but rather this is the work of a small group of individuals intent on tarnishing the relationship between the two nations.

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

Citing the growth of global threats such trans-border terrorism, piracy, narco-trafficking, and non-traditional security threats such as climate change, the ministry said it is difficult for any country to battle these issues on their own.

The ministry urged media outlets to commit to responsible journalism while reporting on such topics as well.

"The Government of Maldives urges all parties to act responsibly, and refrain from spreading false information that undermines the country’s relations with its neighbours, and the international community," Foreign Ministry said.

Opposition Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) and People's National Congress (PNC) had a march over the weekend where they demonstrated their distrust and dissatisfaction over the continued and increased presence of Indian military presence in Maldives.

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