Concerns rise over Indian Ambassador's absence amid troop invasion issue on Maldivian fishing vessel

07 Feb 2024 | 08:52
Shri Munu Mahawar, High Commissioner of India to Maldives

A wave of concerns swept through the Maldivian Parliament as Parliament Member Mohamed Nasheed of Nolhivaram constituency raised questions over the absence of the Indian Ambassador in discussions regarding the reported illegal boarding of Maldivian fishing vessels by Indian military troops.

The issue was brought to the forefront by Mohamed Waheed from the Ungoofaaru constituency, Democratic Party, during today’s parliamentary session.

Nasheed, speaking on the matter, expressed unease over the lack of information provided by the government regarding the intrusion of Indian coast guard into the Exclusive Economic Zone of the Maldives.

We are witnessing issues between two political parties affecting the citizens of the country. It's adversely affecting the citizens. Opposition is scared of talking about India's issue. Government is scared of talking about China's issues

Stated Nasheed

Nasheed questioned the absence of the Indian Ambassador in discussions concerning the reported incident, emphasizing the need for accountability.

He pointed out that the Maldivian Ambassador to India was present during the parliamentary opening, raising concerns about the protection of Maldivian citizens' rights.

For something that was written on Twitter by the Deputy Minister of the Maldives, the Maldivian Ambassador in India kept on dragging the issue. So, in the same way, when Indian troops illegally boarded and threatened the crew of a Maldivian fishing vessel, why can't he bring the Indian Ambassador

said Mohamed Nasheed during the session

The Defense Ministry released a statement on Friday, acknowledging that the actions of the Indian Coast Guard were taken without informing the Maldivian government and were against the law.

The government has formally requested the Indian government to provide a written explanation for the incident, but as of now, there has been no response.

The incident has sparked debates and calls for transparency in dealing with foreign affairs, especially when such actions impact the sovereignty and rights of the Maldivian people.

As tensions rise, the parliament remains a crucial arena for seeking answers and accountability on matters of national importance.