IRS |Institute of Regional Studies


Contemporary Regional Developments in Maldives

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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