Maldives President Mohamed Muizzu has extended warm Republic Day greetings to India, showcasing a strong bond between the two nations, amidst ongoing diplomatic tensions between the two countries.
Strengthening Ties Amidst Tensions
President Muizzu’s message, directed to both Indian President Droupadi Murmu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, emphasized the enduring connection and the mutual respect shared by the Maldives and India. The Maldives President’s office released a statement, highlighting President Muizzu’s wishes for India’s continued peace, progress, and prosperity.
Longstanding Ties and Mutual Respect
President Muizzu conveyed heartfelt greetings from the Government and the people of the Maldives to their counterparts in India. He underscored the Maldives-India bond nurtured by centuries of friendship, mutual respect, and a deep sense of kinship. His message also expressed hope for continued peace, progress, and prosperity for India in the years to come.
Alongside President Muizzu, former Maldives President Ibrahim Solih also extended his well wishes to India, emphasizing the enduring and unbreakable bond between the two countries and expressing a desire for it to grow even stronger.
On the joyous occasion of India’s 75th Republic Day, Solih extended best wishes to President Murmu, Prime Minister Modi, the government, and the people of India. He expressed a wish for the unbreakable bonds of friendship to continue to strengthen.
Addressing Diplomatic Standoff
Notably, Solih was among the first prominent leaders from the Maldives to condemn derogatory remarks made by some junior ministers, leading to a diplomatic standoff between the two nations. However, the recent gestures from both President Muizzu and former President Solih indicate a willingness to move past the tensions and focus on reinforcing the strong bond between the Maldives and India.
Earlier on January 14, India and the Maldives reached an agreement to expedite the withdrawal of Indian military personnel from the island nation, as per the Maldives’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This agreement represents a significant step in easing tensions and fostering a positive environment for diplomatic relations between the two nations.
The warm Republic Day wishes extended by Maldives President Mohamed Muizzu to India, along with the sentiments shared by former President Ibrahim Solih, have served to emphasize the enduring friendship and mutual respect between the Maldives and India. Despite diplomatic tensions in the past, the recent gestures signal a promising shift towards strengthening ties and fostering cooperation between the two nations.