"The Indians are there to assist us, to help us and be good neighbors. We both have the same interests," said Defense Minister Mariya Ahmed Didi in an interview to Strategic News International.
In the annual budget proposed to the Indian parliament, MVR 5.5 billion (US$ 361million) was allocated as aid for the Maldives. This is 460 percent more than the aid given in 2018, which was MVR 1.2 billion (US$ 78.8 million).
The PNC split from the Peoples' Progressive Party of the Maldives (PPM) over the issue of leadership.
The Maldivian government under Solih has been friendlier to the Ranil Wickremesinghe regime than to the short-lived Mahinda Rajapaksa regime which was installed by President Maithripala Sirisena unconstitutionally on October 26, 2018.
Maldives, Jan 17 (newsin.asia) - The Maldives Immigration, on Thursday, said over 60,000 illegal migrant workers were estimated to be living in the island country and it sought public assistance to nab them. Maldives Immigration Chief, Mohamed Ahmed Hussain told journalists in a media briefing that a total of 144,607 expats had been brought into the country under a work visa...
Maldoves, Dec 31 (newsin.asia) - Maldives Health Minister, Abdulla Ameen has inaugurated a nationwide system to facilitate convenient treatment to patients suffering from Thalassemia, local media reported Monday. During the inauguration ceremony, Minister Ameen said the new system will enable Thalassemia patients across the Maldives to access medicine and treatment equipment through the State Trading Organisation (STO). Under the...
A new political party, People’s National Congress (PNC), spearheaded by former Maldivian President and Leader of Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM), Abdulla Yameen has received the required sanction from the Elections Commission (EC).
Solih stressed that the loans are on concessional terms, and when contractors are taken for projects carried out with these loans, taking a Maldivian partner would be obligatory.
The interest of so many external players in the Maldives will make India spend considerable time, energy and resources to maintain its sphere of influence, says analyst Anand Kumar in The Tribune.
“There is no request from the government of India to the government of Maldives to build any kind of military facility in return for any kind of financial assistance,” an authoritative source told EurAsia Times