Maldives takes U-turn on derogatory remarks on PM Modi, asserts will not repeat again

Maldivian foreign minister Moosa Zameer asserted that they have taken proper action against derogatory remarks against PM Modi and assured that it doesn’t repeat.

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The conflict between India and Maldives that started in January seems to be taking a U-turn, as Maldivian Foreign Minister Moosa Zameer, who is on his first official visit to India, distanced his government from the derogatory remarks made by some of their leaders against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. During the meeting, he asserted that appropriate action has been taken and ensured that it is not repeated. 

While speaking to the media, the foreign minister Zameer asserted that they have taken proper action to make sure that it doesn’t repeat. We have passed that stage of misunderstandings now, he added.

He further added that relations between the two countries go beyond military personnel and both countries will work together to make the Indian Ocean a peaceful place. The statement from the official came during the meeting with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and said that India has been a key provider of development assistance to the Maldives.

Notably, Maldives has suspended Maldives Deputy Youth Ministers Mariyam Shiuna, Mahzoom Majid, and Malsha Shareef following derogatory remarks against PM Modi. However, all three will continue to receive their salaries.

India withdraws all its troops from the archipelago

Meanwhile, the Ministry of External Affairs has confirmed the withdrawal of the Indian military troops from Maldives. President Mohammed Muizzu, a Presidential office spokesperson set May 10 as the deadline. However, the official figures for the number of personnel have not been disclosed so far.