The government of the Maldives has expressed profound concern over 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.
A recent statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs read that while the government of Maldives 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 not only tarnishes the relations with trusted allies who extends consistent support to the Maldivian people, but also affect the safety and security of their citizens in Maldives, and Maldivians living abroad,” read the statement.
“The Government reaffirms 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 statement comes at a time when the opposition, led by former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, continues to protest against the presence of Indian military personnel in Maldives.