In a news conference announcing its foreign policy, the Maldives National Party (MNP) has condemned the “India Out” campaign launched by the opposition alliance of Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) and People’s National Congress (PNC).
MNP leader and Dhangethi MP Mohamed Nazim remarked today at a news conference that the opposition’s “India Out” campaign planned under the guise of a national movement is a scandal.
The former defense minister went on to claim that the campaign poses a significant threat to the country’s foreign policy, stressing that the nation would suffer because of its negative repercussions in the near future.
He advocated against taking part in the campaign, emphasizing that the best foreign policy for the Maldives is to build equitable connections with all countries. He stated that such a foreign policy will be implemented by an MNP administration.
Nazim believes the incumbent government’s dependence on India is another cause for concern, pointing out that it is to blame for China’s limited assistance to the Maldives during the pandemic.
He added that owing to the government’s strained relations with China, Chinese financing for social housing projects in the Maldives were also blocked during the pandemic.