India remains Maldives' closest ally on all fronts: Minister Zameer

11 May 2024 | 15:49
Foreign Minister Moosa Zameer during today's press conference (photo/ President's Office)

In a press conference held today by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Defence, and MNDF, Foreign Minister Moosa Zameer emphasized the close ties between Maldives and India, stating that India holds a significant position as one of Maldives' closest allies.

India remains Maldives' closest ally on all fronts, and its contributions to our development and independence have been immense. Throughout our journey from a least developed nation to a developing one, India has played a catalytic role at every level

Minister Zameer remarked during the conference

Highlighting historical instances of cooperation, Minister Zameer further stated that this is the second time Indian military personnel have been withdrawn from Maldives upon request and that he is sure India will continue to support Maldives in the future as well.

I have no doubt that we will continue to receive support from India in the future

remarked Minister Zameer

Minister Zameer also offered insights into the warm reception he experienced during his recent official bilateral visit to India. During this visit, he engaged in discussions with Dr. S. Jaishankar, the Minister of External Affairs of India, aiming to strengthen cooperation between the two nations.

The visit included engagements at the High Commission of Maldives in India, interactions with the Maldivian community in New Delhi, and discussions with Indian media to reinforce the strong partnership between Maldives and India.

Reflecting on the bilateral talks and future prospects of cooperation, 

We have a close relationship with India, and we will not enact any government policies that could strain this bond

Minister Zameer affirmed

The visit coincides with the withdrawal of all Indian military officials from Maldives.

The remarks by Minister Zameer underscore the enduring bond and mutual commitment to advancing shared interests and regional stability between Maldives and India.