Maldives wants to use proposed Indian line of credit to develop main...

When Ibrahim Solih arrives in Delhi next week for his first foreign trip as president of the Maldives, he will be greeted by a red-carpet welcome and a host bearing gifts. India is set to offer a line... More

Maldives’ parliament accepts whistleblower protection law

A whistleblower protection law proposed by the government was accepted for consideration Monday despite objections from opposition lawmakers. Some 42 MPs voted to send the bill to committee for further review. Submitted on behalf of the new administration by... More

Indian navy ship in Maldives for joint EEZ surveillance

INS Rana, a Rajput-class destroyer of the Indian navy has arrived in Maldives for a joint surveillance patrol with the Maldives National Defense Force. MNDF reports INS Rana will be conducting joint surveillance patrol of the Exclusive Economic... More

Perspectives on India-China competition in Maldives

A tide of change in leadership has swept across South Asian countries such as Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives, and Sri Lanka this year, spurring academic speculation over relative gains and losses from the perspective of India-China competition. As big... More

Maldives’ Nasheed launches parliament bid

Former president Mohamed Nasheed on Tuesday officially confirmed his intention to contest in the upcoming parliamentary elections. During a ceremony held in capital Male on Tuesday evening, Nasheed had launched his campaign for Central-Machchangoalhi constituency. Nasheed's decision has further... More

Maldives Foreign Secretary meets Chinese Ambassador Zhang Lizhong

Maldives’ foreign secretary Abdul Ghafoor Mohamed has met with Chinese Ambassador Zhang Lizhong. The meeting was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs premises in capital city Malé on Monday; the ministry reports that ways in which to... More

Maldives refuses Pakistan’s offer of an aircraft

Maldives’ Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid has said that the previous administration was looking to purchase a helicopter from Pakistan “through a bank loan”. Shahid said this in an interview published by India’s ‘Times Now’ on Sunday, where he... More

Maldives govt denies coalition agreement on parliamentary polls

Maldives government on Sunday denied the existence of an agreement between the four parties on the upcoming parliamentary elections. Main ruling Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) the day before had announced its decision to contest for all seats in... More

UAE to waive visa fee for Maldives next year

United Arab Emirates (UAE) government has agreed to waive visa fee for Maldivians travelling to the middle-eastern country from next year, new Maldives foreign minister Abdulla Shahid has announced. During his recent visit to UAE, Shahid had met... More

Maldives passes record US$2 billion budget for 2019

An MVR30.2 billion (US$2 billion) budget for 2019 was unanimously approved by Maldives’ parliament Wednesday night. The record-high budget was passed with changes made during the committee stage to add MVR452 million to the public sector investment programme,... More

Maldives would be wise to shun meaningless ‘gift’ from New Delhi

India's plan to provide loans to the Maldives to help the island nation repay its debts to China will likely turn out to be nothing more than an old trick that will lead to India becoming a... More

‘Our love for China is not lost,’ Maldives Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid...

Those who thought that China will walk into a political sunset in the Maldives with the formation of an India-friendly coalition government led by President Solih are in for a rude shock. Nothing of that sort will... More

Maldives offered US$1 billion in exchange for Indian military presence

India has offered up to US$1 billion in low-interest loans to help the Maldives repay its debt to China in exchange for a permanent military presence, the Nikkei Asian Review reported Wednesday, citing Indian government sources. Talks are... More

Maldives’ defence minister says regional stability is of ‘utmost importance’

The Maldivian government will work to strengthen ties with neighbouring countries and ensure stability in the Indian Ocean region, a matter of utmost importance, says Defence Minister Mariya Ahmed Didi. At a ceremony held in capital city Malé... More

Maldives’ top court cancels jail sentence of former president

The Maldives’ Supreme Court on Monday canceled a 13-year-old jail sentence imposed on former president Mohamed Nasheed for a terrorism conviction, saying prosecutors had provided no evidence to prove his guilt. Nasheed, the country’s first democratically elected leader,... More

India, Maldives set to hold defence dialogue in December, President Solih to...

Maldives president Ibrahim Solih is all set to visit New Delhi on December 17. Keeping in line with the island nation’s India First policy, this is likely to be Solih’s first international trip after he was sworn... More

Sri Lanka, India and Maldives take part in trilateral maritime exercise

The Indian Coast Guard will take part in an exercise with its Maldivian and Sri Lankan counterparts starting Monday in the Maldives. This is India's first defense engagement with Maldives after the new administration came to power there... More

Maldives’ ex-ruling party alleges ‘secret deal’ behind India PM’s Maldives visit

Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) on Saturday alleged that a "secret deal" was behind India Prime Minister Narendra Modi's recent visit to the Maldives. Modi was among the more than 300 foreign dignitaries at the inauguration ceremony of... More

New Maldives regime will tread cautiously in foreign affairs

The newly elected Ibrahim Mohamed Solih government in the Maldives is likely to tread cautiously in foreign affairs particularly vis-à-vis India and China, even though foreign media is consistently portraying the regime change as one signaling the... More

Chinese ambassador dismisses claims of unreasonable debt on Maldives calling it “highly...

Chinese Ambassador to the Maldives, Zhang Lizhong has dismissed claims that the Maldives owed the Chinese government a 3-billion-USD debt, stating the figure was "deeply exaggerated", local media reported Friday. In an interview with the local media "Avas",... More

After building spree, just how much does the Maldives owe China?

One week after taking power, the new government of the Maldives says it has no idea how much it owes China, which has led a construction spree in the tiny Indian Ocean nation, but fears the debts... More


Modi now looks vulnerable 

The BJP has tried to make all elections in India go the presidential way – Narendra Modi versus the rest. The results of elections in five states, which became clear by December 11 evening, may not change that but the Modi magic suddenly appears to be fading. It is not just the election results in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, where Modi campaigned extensively before the polls. The stunning resignation... More

Beijing increases pressure on Myanmar to open up economically amid Western...

China is increasing its pressure on the Myanmar government in an effort to consolidate its strategic position in Beijing’s march westward. China is also trying to capitalise on Myanmar’s increasing disaffection with the West, and the opportunity offered by the latter’s own cautious realignment and recently developed strategic vision, with the newly launched ‘Look East’ policy. A number of high-power senior Chinese government officials have visited the capital Naypyitaw, all... More

Trump’s melodrama vis-à-vis Pakistan meets ground realities

The Trump administration's renewed push to seek Pakistan's help in bringing the Afghan Taliban to the negotiating table comes as a striking contrast to what the US president had only very recently said in one of his interviews about Pakistan not doing anything in Afghanistan to help the US win the war, or even get out of it. Coming from a president who is famous for his unpredictable habit of... More

Imran Khan needs better advisers

One of the central problems of Imran Khan’s government is the quality and commitment of his range of advisers, not only for day-to-day politics but for short and long-term decision-making processes. The PM has been more than once given the perception of taking off-the-cuff decisions through speeches and interviews. Even good advisers do not matter until there is a due process for diligence and analysis to not only sort... More

In Bangladesh, a poor politician is of no use to anyone

In Dhaka’s swirling political speculations and gossip, the latest is about who among the electoral candidates is wealthy and who is not. On paper, many have declared their wealth and almost none have been found credibility among the public. They know that to survive in politics you need to make and spend a lot of money which, going by wealth levels, would be impossible. Politics is not just about power... More



The fourth summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), held in Kathmandu on August 30 and 31, was “not fruitful” because of the inherent “weakness” of the regional inter-state institution,... More


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