President-elect Dr. Mohamed Muizzu, in a resolute statement, has emphasized his commitment to the removal of foreign soldiers from the Maldives on his first day in office. He firmly stated that no foreign military presence in the Maldives would be tolerated against the will of the Maldivian people, and he is determined to take immediate action upon his inauguration.
Addressing a celebratory event at the Social Centre to mark his presidential victory, Muizzu underscored his dedication to safeguarding the independence of the Maldives, a promise that resonated with the voters. He made it clear that his administration would waste no time in initiating the process of expelling foreign troops, while ensuring that all actions are in accordance with the law.
Muizzu reiterated that the people’s desire to see foreign soldiers leave the Maldives was non-negotiable. He expressed his willingness to maintain close diplomatic relations with foreign nations under the condition of respecting the Maldivian people’s wishes.
Beyond the military presence issue, Muizzu highlighted the economic challenges facing the country, particularly its substantial debt owed to a specific nation. Nevertheless, he expressed confidence in resolving such matters through diplomatic means.
The president-elect acknowledged that various foreign ambassadors have sought meetings during the transitional period, and he pledged to adhere to legal protocols in conducting these meetings. He outlined his foreign policy as a “Pro-Maldives” approach, emphasizing the prioritization of national interests while maintaining diplomatic relations with supportive foreign nations.
Muizzu stressed the importance of ensuring stability throughout the nation and called on every citizen to place national interests at the forefront of their actions. He underlined the desire of the Maldivian people for a change in the pace of development and their aspirations for a robust economy, empowered youth, and opportunities for senior citizens to contribute to the nation.
In conclusion, Muizzu emphasized the need to foster a sense of national identity, preserve the Dhivehi Language, prioritize Islamic values, and elevate nationalism as a core principle for the nation’s progress.