India: Hopeful on resolving political turbulence with Maldives

Indian Minister for External Affairs Dr. S. Jaishankar states resolving the political turbulence between India and the Maldives looks “more constructive” following the recent visit by Maldivian Foreign Minister Moosa Zameer to India.

Tensions arose between Maldives and India after three Maldivian senior government officials – three deputies of the Ministry of Sports, Fitness and Recreation, Malsha Shareef, Mariyam Shiuna, and Abdulla Mahzoom Majid – made derogatory comments at India and its Prime Minister.

Responding to a question posed at a forum held during CII Annual Business Summit in India, Jaishankar said development projects carried out in the Maldives by India, are proceeding well. One such project in this regard is the former Maldivian administration’s Thimamale’ Bridge development project.

He acknowledged that there was some political turbulence between the two nations, however, expressed hopes to resolve it.

“We definitely have some political turbulence. We are hopeful about managing it,” Jaishankar said, adding things are looking “more constructive” since his Maldivian counterpart’s visit to the Maldives.