Maldives Tourism Industry Association (MATI) has supported India and “strongly condemned” the ministers’ derogatory remarks on Prime Minister Modi’s message on Lakshadweep. A major controversy broke out last week when the Deputy Chief Minister of Maldives along with other cabinet members and government officials made derogatory and unreliable references about Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Lakshadweep.
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1. “The Maldives Tourism Industry Association (MATI) strongly condemns the offensive comments made by some Deputy Ministers on social media platforms, against the Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi, as well as the Indian people Degree,” the official said. speak. » said the press release published on January 8.
2. Calling India one of its closest allies, MATI said: “India is one of our closest neighbors and allies. India has always been a first responder to various crises throughout its history and we are extremely grateful for the close relationship that the government and people of India have had with us.
3. “India is also a consistent and significant contributor to the Maldives tourism industry. One contributor contributed greatly to our recovery efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic, shortly after our borders reopened. Since then, India continues to be one of the major markets of the Maldives. We sincerely hope that the close relationship between our two countries will continue for many generations to come and we will therefore refrain from any actions or words that may have a negative impact on the relationship our good,” the MATI statement said.
4. On January 2, Prime Minister Modi visited the Union Territory and shared a few pictures, including an “exciting experience” where he tried his hand at snorkeling.
5. In a series of posts out there, Lakshadweep must be on your list.
6. In a now-deleted post, Maldives Deputy Minister of Youth Empowerment Shiuna made a mocking and disrespectful remark towards Prime Minister Modi.
7. Zahid Rameez, a member of the Progressive Party in the Maldives Senate, reportedly criticized India, saying “the idea of competing with us is unrealistic”. He said his “sentiments are expressed in the context of growing Indian influence in” Maldives political affairs. Abdulla Mahzoom Majid said he wished India tourism a success but added that “explicitly targeting the Maldives is not diplomatic”.
8. According to Maldivian media, Deputy Ministers of Youth, Malsha Shareef, Mariyam Shiuna and Abdulla Mahzoom Majid, have been suspended due to their duties. Earlier on Sunday, the Maldives government also distanced itself from Minister Mariyam Shiuna’s derogatory remarks, saying her views do not reflect those of the government.
9. Maldives President Mohamed Muizzu comes to China to strengthen bilateral relations with Beijing. Muizzu, who is considered “pro-China”, skipped his visit to India and went to China, unlike his predecessors. On Monday, Chinese state media Global Times, in an editorial, mentioned Muizzu’s visit to the East Asian country and referred to the diplomatic dispute between India and Maldives, and called for calls for an “open” approach in considering South Asian issues.
10. Maldives MP Mickail Naseem called on the National Assembly to summon the Foreign Minister over the Maldivian government’s inaction and lack of urgency. Former Maldives Defense Minister Mariya Ahmed Didi also said that insulting comments about Prime Minister Modi showed the “myopia” of the Maldives government, adding that India is a reliable ally, providing support. aid in many sectors, including defence, while criticizing any efforts to weaken the Maldivian government. long-term relationship.
Meanwhile, Maldives is India’s main maritime neighbor in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) and has a special place in its initiatives such as SAGAR (Security and Growth for All). in the Region) and the Modi government’s Neighborhood First Policy. In particular, thousands of Indians have visited the Maldives in recent years. Indians top Maldives’ tourist arrival figures, with more than 2 lakh of them visiting it every year after the COVID-19 pandemic, news agency PTI reported. Traders’ body Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) called upon domestic traders and exporters to refrain from conducting business dealings with the island nation, PTI reported. EaseMyTrip also suspended all flight bookings to the island nation on its website “in solidarity” with India.
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