In the not too long ago organized digital assembly of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Maldives defended India by saying that signalling out India over Islamophobia is wrong when Pakistan tried to boost the difficulty of minority and Islamophobia in India. The reply got here after Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UN, Munir Akram proposed that India is actively selling Islamophobic agenda within the assembly.
Giving befitting reply to Pakistan, Maldives stated that India is the biggest democracy on this planet and home to over 200 million Muslims, alleging Islamophobia could be factually incorrect and detrimental to spiritual concord in South Asia.
Maldives additionally stated that on the idea of social media it shouldn’t be constructed as consultant of the sensation of 1.3 Million folks.
The Maldives additional pressured that in recent times, India has constructed up stronger ties with many Islamic nations akin to Saudi Arabia, UAE, Afghanistan, Palestine, Mauritius. These international locations have conferred the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi with their highest civilian awards. Maldives additionally stated that South Asian Countries ought to discover methods for working collectively.
As shut and pleasant neighbours, India and Maldives share cordial and multi-dimensional relations and have attended a number of necessary occasions of one another nation. India was among the many first to acknowledge Maldives after its independence in 1965 and to ascertain diplomatic relations with the nation.
After taking on because the Prime Minister for his second time period, PM Narendra Modi select Maldives for his first nation go to final yr. There have been a variety of high-level visits between the 2 international locations because the new authorities underneath President Solih took over in November 2018.
PM Modi was additionally current throughout the swearing-in ceremony of President Solih in November 2018, adopted by visits of Maldivian Foreign minister Abdulla Shahid and President Solih had that yr itself.
The Maldives is a key nation within the Indian Ocean area and lies within the coronary heart of busy transport lanes connecting Africa with Asia.