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SOURCE: AFI

n the midst of a diplomatic spat with India triggered by derogatory comments from certain Maldivian lawmakers directed at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Maldivian envoy Ibrahim Shaheeb reassured that bilateral relations between Male and New Delhi remain positive.

The affirmation from Ibrahim Shaheeb comes in the wake of escalating tensions following remarks made by some Maldivian MPs against PM Modi. Earlier this month, Shaheeb was summoned by the Indian External Affairs Ministry against the backdrop of objections raised over derogatory statements made by Maldivian ministers subsequent to PM Modi’s visit to Lakshadweep.

The diplomatic encounter underscores the sensitivity surrounding exchanges between the two nations, highlighting the significance of diplomatic decorum and mutual respect in fostering stable relations.

It is noteworthy that President Muizzu, whose ascent to power was propelled by an “India Out” campaign, opted to make China his initial diplomatic destination following his inauguration. This departure from tradition, where Maldivian presidents typically prioritize visits to New Delhi after assuming office, underscores evolving geopolitical dynamics in the region.

Despite occasional diplomatic hiccups and shifts in strategic engagements, the underlying ties between Maldives and India remain deeply rooted in historical, cultural, and economic affinities. Both nations share a vested interest in fostering regional stability, maritime security, and economic cooperation in the Indian Ocean region.