MALDIVES

MALDIVES

Agreement signed for a Maldivian cultural center in Malaysia


The government of Maldives and the government of Malaysia has signed a Memorandum of Understanding to a Maldivian cultural center in Malaysia. Four key agreements have been signed between Maldives and Malaysia during Malaysian Prime... More

Malaysian PM Najib flies into Male for official visit to Maldives


Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak arrived Maldives Tuesday (Dec 19) for a two-day official visit. Najib and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor were greeted on arrival at the Velana International Airport, Hulhule, by... More

Ties with India will not severe despite relations with China, says Maldives


Maldivian Foreign Minister Mohamed Asim has assured neighboring ally India that the ties between the two nations will not be severed over China-Maldives free trade agreement. Asim had assured the diplomatic ties and internal policies... More

Malaysian PM to visit the Maldives on Dec 19


The Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dato’ Sri Mohammad Najib bin Tun Haji Razak and First Lady Datin Rosmah Mansor is set to undertake an official visit to the Maldives from the 19th to the... More

Indo-Maldives joint military exercise in Karna from Friday


The two-week long eighth edition of the Indo-Maldives joint military exercise, 'Ekuverin', will be conducted from Friday (Dec. 15) at Belagavi, about 505 km from Bengaluru. The bilateral annual exercise is a 14-day joint military... More

Maldives bans local councils from meeting foreign diplomats


Maldives’ local councils have been banned from meeting foreign diplomats without written permission from authorities including the home affairs ministry, with the British ambassador calling it the “latest unfortunate step” in the Maldives. The Local... More

Maldivian tour operators authorised to work in China  


The Sino-Maldives free trade agreement signed last week authorises Maldivian travel agencies and tour operators to set up shop in three Chinese cities. Maldivian companies will be able to operate in Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin,... More

China-Maldives trade pact catches India off guard


While India's political establishment was focused on Nepal's landmark election on Thursday, China was busy wrapping up a free-trade agreement with the Maldives. The move represents a diplomatic setback for New Delhi, as Beijing... More

China promises not to interfere in Maldives’ internal affairs


China has told the Maldives that it is wedded to the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries. This is stated in the Joint Communique issued by the governments of the two... More

Free trade and OBOR pacts take Sino-Maldivian ties to a new height


The signing of a Free Trade Agreement and an MoU on cooperation in implementing China’s ambitious and prestigious One Belt One Road (OBOR) international connectivity project at the Great Hall of People in Beijing... More

China tells India to calm down after Maldives trade deal


India will “do nothing but upset itself” if it tries to prevent closer trade ties between China and the Maldives, Beijing state media has said, days after the tiny island nation approved a deal... More

Maldives’ president Yameen to make first state visit to China


President of Maldives Abdulla Yameen is to make his first state visit to China, days after rushing through a massive trade deal with the world’s second biggest economy. A brief notice issued Monday said the... More

India silent on Maldives, China FTA


India maintained cautious silence on the free trade agreement that the Maldives signed on 29 November with China. Senior officials at the Ministry of External Affairs said the government needs to look into the... More

Maldives downgraded to ‘fragile state’ by IMF


The Maldives has been downgraded to a “fragile state” by the IMF because of the tense political situation, the way business is regulated and how the country’s finances and budgets have been run in... More

It’s advantage China as India loses Maldives plot


India is losing the Maldives plot and China has finally demonstrated the kind of sway it holds on the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) nation. Pakistan and Nepal have been increasingly under Chinese... More

Maldivian opposition protests rushing through of FTA with China


The opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) has vehemently protested against the way the Abdulla Yameen government rushed the China-Maldives Free Trade Agreement (FTA) through parliament on Wednesday (Nov 29). “The Speaker of parliament had called... More

Maldives to ink free trade pact with China


Maldives' ministerial cabinet on Wednesday (Nov 29) gave the green light to sign the free trade agreement with China. Speaking to reporters after the cabinet sit-down, economic minister Mohamed Saeed said the agreement would provide... More

Maldives awards mega housing project to China firm


Maldives government has awarded the recently announced mega housing project in the reclaimed suburb Hulhumale to a prominent China firm, according to Chinese media reports. Incumbent president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom last week had launched... More

IS terror suspects planning suicide attack in Maldives


Two Maldivian men charged with terrorism were planning to carry out a suicide attack in the capital Malé, officials confirmed on 15 November. Ishag Ali, from Madduvari island in Raa atoll, and Hussein Afeef, from... More

Maldives MP accuses Sri Lanka of aiding opposition coup plots


Maldives ruling party MP Riyaz Rasheed has accused Sri Lanka of assisting alleged opposition efforts to overthrow the Maldivian government. On 7 November, speaking at a press conference, covered by the country’s media, Riyaz said... More

Maldives accused of intimidating, silencing media


The Maldives is tightening its grip on the media and freedom of speech by using the broadcasting regulator to silence and intimidate journalists, a leading NGO has warned, as the government pushes a draft... More

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Round one to Hefazot as Tabligh steps back

One of the largest gatherings of devout Muslims of the world --Biswaijtema -- held annually near the Turag river of Dhaka is famous for large turnouts, major traffic jams due to the huge crowd and eminent speakers from all over the Muslim world. But this year’s event will be... More

Myriad challenges ahead for China in Afghanistan

There is hardly any doubt that China has been working on augmenting its role and position in Afghanistan for the last few years. The role is not just that of a mediatory between Pakistan and Afghanistan but equally that of a direct stake-holder and broker of peace in the... More

Former R&AW chief in India’s national security team

No deputy to the National Security Advisor (NSA) in India has attracted so much attention in Delhi's policy making circles as Rajinder Khanna did when he was appointed deputy NSA recently. He is the first chief of external intelligence R&AW to make it -- two former chiefs of Intelligence Bureau,... More

Our Trump Card

Because of US sanctions economic assistance has been suspended before, military sales terminated, etc. Reacting to US President Donald Trump's New Year tweet, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif vowed the Pakistani audience telling the Wall Street Journal that "we are no longer allies" and that "Washington had turned Islamabad into... More

Rohingya crisis looks long term as ARSA returns 

That Bangladesh was not prepared for the Rohingya exodus is now grudgingly accepted by its official world. Some had perhaps hoped that there would be a bit of collateral gains for keeping the borders open but that hasn’t materialized. Similarly, Myanmar’s prime backers and supporters -- China and India... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Why Gadkari is perfect interlocutor for Iran

Quietly, unobtrusively, on the eve of the visit by the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to India beginning this weekend, India made an assertive move in its West Asia policies that should not go unnoticed. This has been the decision to schedule talks with Iran’s... More

Revisiting Jammu and Kashmir

From time to time we are rudely reminded that there is an issue concerning the state of Jammu & Kashmir. The last reminder came on the night of 30-31 December 2017, when militants attacked the CRPF Training Centre at Lethpora in Pulwama district killing five... More

Why businessman Trump is upset with Pakistan

The Indian media have ignored the momentous announcement by Pakistan’s central bank on January 2 notifying that it has taken “comprehensive policy related measures to ensure that imports, exports and financing transactions can be denominated in CNY (Chinese Yuan).” Probably they got bogged down with... More

India needs to align with new reality in Indian Ocean

The uneasiness over the India - Maldives relations are unwarranted. The ripples in the Indian ocean are short term and inevitable for the fact that Maldives does have a strategic role to play and India's foreign policy must align to this new reality. What is... More

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Gorkhaland, Mamata and the Chinese factor

Just a few days ago I warned two young student leaders in Darjeeling of West Bengal, against the violent movement which has started there for a separate Gorkhaland. I told them in no way should they support this demand. This has multifarious geo-political risks. If... More