Maldives rejects marketing campaign concentrating on India; says India trusted good friend

The Maldives on Wednesday strongly rejected makes an attempt to unfold “false information” by means of social media utilizing what it referred to as the “so-called India Out” slogan and mentioned India will at all times stay a “true” and a “trusted friend” of the Maldivian individuals.

The Maldives authorities additionally requested all events to behave responsibly and chorus from spreading false data that might undermine the nation’s ties with its neighbours.

“India has always been the Maldives’ closest ally and trusted neighbour, extending constant and consistent support to the people of Maldives on all fronts,” it mentioned in an announcement.

In a separate growth, newly-appointed Indian excessive commissioner Munu Mahawar introduced his credentials to President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih at a ceremony.

It is learnt that there was a marketing campaign in a piece of the media within the Maldives in addition to social media posts trying to focus on India and criticising the ties between the 2 nations. “The government of Maldives strongly rejects attempts to spread false information through media and across social media platforms, using the so-called ‘India Out’ slogan, alleging that bilateral cooperation between the Governments of Maldives and India undermines the national security and sovereignty of Maldives,” the Maldives authorities mentioned.

The assertion mentioned the federal government believes that “false” allegations concerning ties with one of many nation’s key bilateral companions are “misguided and unsubstantiated”.

“The government firmly believes that these views are not the sentiments of the general public, but rather that of a small group of individuals with the objective of tarnishing the country’s long-standing cordial ties with India,” it mentioned.

The Maldives authorities’s assertion additionally reaffirmed that Male’s long-standing ties with all its worldwide companions are based mostly on ideas of mutual respect and understanding.

“India will always remain a true and a trusted friend of the people of the Maldives,” it mentioned.

It mentioned the cooperation and assist supplied by India, particularly on problems with maritime safety, is aimed toward strengthening the strategic partnership and making certain the protection and stability of the Indian Ocean area.

“Support provided by India, on areas such as search and rescue capabilities, casualty evacuation, coastal surveillance, and maritime reconnaissance, directly benefit the Maldivian people,” the federal government mentioned.