Maldives opposition parties mark ‘anti-India’ pivot of Mohammed Muizzu government: ‘Will be a long-time ally…’

 – Gudstory

Maldives opposition parties mark ‘anti-India’ pivot of Mohammed Muizzu government: ‘Will be a long-time ally…’ – Gudstory

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India-Maldives dispute: In the latest diplomatic row between India and Maldives, the two opposition parties of the island nation have expressed serious concern over President Mohammed Muizzu’s ‘anti-India stance’. The two main opposition parties in Maldives described India as their “oldest ally”.

Maldives’ two main opposition parties, the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) and the Democrats, came out in support of India, a day after the Maldivian government said a Chinese ship, equipped to conduct research and survey, was docking at a Maldives port. Will do. Permission is being given by the Government of Male to make port calls for replenishment.

After assuming the chair of government, President Mohammad Muizzu left his visit to India and visited China. Breaking with the tradition of his predecessors, Muizzu, known to be pro-China, turned into a controversy following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘derogatory’ comments to three Maldives ministers and his visit to Lakshadweep. Went.

It appears that the current administration is adopting an anti-India stance. Both the MDP and the Democrats believe that alienating any development partner, and especially the country’s oldest ally, would be extremely detrimental to the country’s long-term development,” both opposition parties said in their assessment on the direction. Foreign Policy of the Government of Maldives”

“The country’s successive governments must be able to work with all development partners for the benefit of the Maldivian people, as the Maldives has traditionally done. Stability and security in the Indian Ocean is vital to the stability and security of the Maldives,” they said at a joint press conference.

MDP Chairman and former Minister Faiyaz Ismail and Deputy Speaker of Parliament, MP Ahmed Saleem, along with Democrat Party Chairman MP Hassan Latif and Parliamentary Group Leader, MP Ali Azim addressed a joint press conference to raise the issues.

Both Maldivian parties committed to work together on a range of governance-related issues and expressed concerns over foreign policy and a number of other issues, including lack of transparency.

Maldivian MPs from both parties have a total of 55 seats in the 87-member House.

The joint statement was also posted on the official websites of the two Maldivian opposition parties and their official X handles.

Other issues of concern raised by opposition MPs about the Maldives government include the lack of transparency in the state’s financial position and the lack of transparency in the MOUs and agreements that the government is signing, especially with foreign parties, although such Not there. The name of the country was given in the statement.

The opposition also criticized attempts by the Mohammad Muizzu government to censor the media and interfere with press freedom.

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Published: 25 January 2024, 06:57 am IST

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