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Saturday, 13 April 2024 2.36 AM IST

Maldives Prez calls India 'closest ally', seeks debt relief amid strained relations

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MALE: After several months of anti-India stance, Maldives President Mohamed Muizzu seems to have a change in tone by calling India its "closest ally".

Speaking with local media, Muizzu emphasised the need for continued support from India, particularly in addressing the Maldives' debt burden.

"India will continue to remain the Maldives’ closest ally, there is no question about it," he told local Dhivehi language publication 'Mihaaru' in an interview.

At the close of last year, the Maldives was indebted to India to the tune of around $400.9 million received over several instalments.


Muizzu's change in stance follows a period of tension where his government demanded for the repatriation of Indian military personnel from the island nation in December 2023. His government also had a visible leniency towards China since assuming office in November of that year.

Muizzu also mentioned India's significant role in helping the Maldives, stressed the importance of ongoing projects funded by India and expressed gratitude for their contributions.

Muizzu also appealed for leniency in repaying loans from India in a bid to ease the financial strain on his nation.

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