News Updates

27th June - 30th June
  • EU-Maldives talks focused on free and fair polls. High-level talks took place between senior European Union officials and a ministerial delegation from the Maldives. Officials of the European Union External Action Service took up “the continuing deterioration of democracy in the Maldives” in light of the EU Council’s decision in February to consider targeted measures if the situation does not improve. (Maldives Independent, June 28, 2018)
16th June - 26th June
  • Maldives says thousands of visas granted for Indian workers while rejecting India’s media reports. Indian media had reported that visas were being rejected by the Maldives because of worsening ties. Maldives sys more than 2000 visas had been issued so far this year. (Maldives Independent, June 19, 2018)
  • A delegation from the Maldives state-owned electricity company is visiting Pakistan on a fact-finding mission. The Maldives and Pakistan have been getting closer in recent years. It is another sign of growing cooperation between the two countries.
  • Earlier this year Pakistan army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa went to the Maldives on his first official visit.
  • Improving military ties and broadening joint efforts to combat terrorism were discussed during his meeting with the Maldives defence minister. “Discussions also took place about sending Pakistani military doctors to the Maldivian military hospital Senahiya and conducting joint patrols of the Maldives’ exclusive economic zone,” the ministry said, setting alarm bells off in India. (Maldives Independent, June 26, 2018)
  • India’s reduction of the quota allocations of staple foodstuff to the Maldives sparked fears of price hikes. The State Trading Organisation sought to assure the public that staple food prices will not soar after India drastically reduced quota allocations to the Maldives.
  • In line with a 1981 bilateral trade deal, India annually fixes the quantities of potatoes, onions, rice, wheat flour, sugar, pulses and eggs allocated for export to the Maldives without any restrictions. (Maldives Independent, June 24, 2018)
9th June - 15th June
  • Maldives on ‘path of confrontation’ with India. India’s prime minister has yet to visit the Maldives, despite taking office in 2014. The Maldives is moving on a path of confrontation with India, a think-tank said, warning of the potential for “enormous harm” to the Maldivian public and region. (Maldives independent, June 14, 2018)
  • Maldives presidential poll will be held September 23. (Maldives Independent, June 08, 2018)
  • Maldives is disappointed after being thrashed in UN vote. Indonesia got more votes than the Maldives in the contested election for one Asia-Pacific seat by 144 to 46. (Maldives Independent, June 9, 2018)
  • Maldives ex-president, CJ sentenced to 18 months in jail. (Daily Mirror, June 13, 2018)
1st June - 08th June
  • India’s vote for the Maldives in the UN Security Council’s election is guaranteed, diplomats said ahead of Friday’s vote, despite nosediving bilateral relations.The Maldives will win the Asia-Pacific seat on the UNSC, said fisheries minister Mohamed Shainee. (Maldives Independent, June 7, 2018)
  • Maldives gives India deadline to take back gifted choppers
    The government has given India until the end of June to remove the helicopter from the Maldives.The Times of Indiasaid the letter of exchange for the second helicopter expired at the end of May and that India has been asked to remove it from Laamu atoll.An Indian High Commission source confirmed to the Maldives Independent the government has given India until the end of June to remove the aircraft from the Maldives. (Maldives Independent, June 5, 2018)
  • Maldives blasted for destroying the environment. The destruction caused by large-scale infrastructure projects in the Maldives is becoming more apparent, even as the government marked World Environment Day. (Maldives Independent, June 5, 2018)
  • Maldives’ Nasheed vows to renegotiate China loans if opposition wins Sep poll. China has dragged the Maldives into a debt trap, and any future government formed by the opposition will be unable to repay the loans unless a review cuts them to real value, exiled former president Mohamed Nasheed told Reuters yesterday. (Reuters, 5 June 2018)
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