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Indian-Maldivian officials participate in high-level review meeting, take stock of Indian grant-funded community development projects
Photo Courtesy: India in Maldives X page

Indian-Maldivian officials participate in high-level review meeting, take stock of Indian grant-funded community development projects

| @indiablooms | 28 May 2024, 06:18 pm

Indian High Commissioner to Maldives Munu Mahawar and Ahmed Naseer, Ambassador at Large, Maldives Ministry of Foreign Affairs recently participated in a review meeting between the two nations.

During the meeting, the officials took stock of Indian grant-funded high-impact community development projects in Maldives.

The Indian embassy in Maldives posted on X: "Review meeting co-chaired by HE Ahmed Naseer, Amb-at-large @MoFAmv and @AmbMunu to take stock of Indian grant-funded high impact community development projects #HICDP."

"India is supporting implementation of 65 community development projects worth MVR 360 million in Maldives," the X post said.

India-Maldives diplomatic row

Diplomatic tensions reached a flashpoint in recent times between the two countries over remarks made by some Maldives ministers against Indian PM Narendra Modi's visit to Lakshadweep, to promote the Indian Union Territory having the potential to compete with tourism major Maldives.

Pro-China Maldives President Mohamed Muizzu's People’s National Congress (PNC) took control of the Parliament by winning the election clinching over 60 of the total 93 seats, highlighting the Island Nation's further tilt towards India's hostile rival China.

The Maldives, which comprises some 1,192 tiny coral islands scattered across 800 kilometres (500 miles) on the equator, is considered as one of the top beach destinations in the world.

Apart from its scenic beauty, the country is known for its luxury hotels and water villas.

The pro-China Maldivian President faced massive domestic criticism for his anti-India stance as the main opposition parties of the country, the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) and the Democrats, slammed Muizzu for distancing from India, the island nation's "most long-standing ally" and source of tourists.

Besides expressing concern over the new foreign policy of Muizzu-led government in Maldives, the opposition parties took to the street in January in protest.

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