‘Stop being stubborn, mend ties with neighbours’, Maldives president Muizzu told after debt relief appeal to India

Mar25,2024



New Delhi: Former Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has urged current President Mohamed Muizzu to stop being “stubborn” and give priority to dialogue to deal with financial challenges and boost ties with neighboring countries.
Solih's comments follow Muizzu's recent appeal for debt relief from India, which has sparked discussion about the country's fiscal strategies and geopolitical relations,
Muizzu, 45, had replaced Solih, 62, in the presidential election last September. Speaking at a Malé event to support parliamentary candidates of the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), Solih stressed the need for cooperative engagement with neighboring countries. He highlighted the misrepresentation of financial realities and pointed out that despite China owing more, Muizzu sought to discuss debt restructuring with India.
“However, I am confident that our neighbors will help. We must stop being stubborn and negotiate. There are many parties that can help us. But that [Muizzu] Doesn't want to compromise. i feel them [the government] “We are just beginning to understand the situation,” Solih said.
Muizzu's stance on India has been controversial, with bilateral relations deteriorating since he took office. Despite his later claims of maintaining positive relations, his call for the withdrawal of Indian military personnel further strained relations. Recent reports indicate Muizzu's cordial approach towards India ahead of the upcoming parliamentary elections.
Despite Muizzu's visit to China earlier this year, traditional diplomatic protocol dictates that the first foreign visit by Maldivian presidents is to India. Muizzu's delayed visit has raised concerns, especially given India's historical importance as a close ally.
(with agency input)



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