In a significantly quick reaction to the Maldivian Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid's remarks about developing ties with China, the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said that Shahid's remarks showcased the willingness of the new Maldivian new government to develop bilateral ties.
"China is the fastest growing economy in the world. All our neighbors are engaging themselves with China. The largest economies in the world are engaging with China. We will not be left behind in engaging with China," the new Maldivian Foreign Minister Abdulla Shaid told Xinhua in an exclusive interview in Male on Thursday.
Elections chief Ahmed Shareef said the application to form a new political party named People's National Congress was rejected as the applicant was a member registered with another political party. "When Abdul Raheem submitted the application he was a member of PPM. So we decided to reject the application," Shareef explained.
Former president Abdulla Yameen is seeking to form a new party called the People’s National Alliance, anticipating an unfavorable ruling from the Supreme Court in the dispute over leadership of the Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM).
Terrorism, religious fanaticism and class wars are endemic in South Asian states. There is continuous cross-border terrorism which is but a proxy war between States. There are external economic and military threats from new and old hegemonic forces. There are threats from non-State actors like terrorists, pirates, human smugglers and illegal fishers. Add to this, money laundering, cybercrime and misuse...
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced financial assistance of USD 1.4 billion in the form of budgetary support, currency swap and concessional lines of credit to fulfill socio-economic development programmes in the Maldives.
Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid told Strategic News International that the Solih government has many election pledges to fulfill and these need money to implement. To garner financial resources he would go to the UAE, Saudi Arabia and China also. Asked if he would be looking for grants rather than loans, the Minister replied in the affirmative.
Maldives' new Finance Minister Ibrahim Ameer said on Monday that China is executing infrastructure projects at vastly higher prices than originally proposed but the island nation cannot get out of its commitments now.
Hours after President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih took the oath of office the President’s Office published a 15-page document outlining his agenda for the first 100 days. There are 161 pledges covering 23 sectors with targets set for the first day, the first week, the first month, and the first 60 and 90 days.
The Maldivian opposition party, Progressive Party of the Maldives (PPM) led by former President Abdulla Yameen,has charged that the Ibrahim Solih government has entered a “secret” deal with India to increase the Indian military presence in the archipelago and also to give the I-havan Special Economic Zone project to India, reports www.avas.mv