The Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF) has enhanced security measures at the High Commission of India following a bomb threat on social media.
According to a statement issued by the Maldives Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday, the MNDF increased security measures at Indian and Chinese diplomatic missions in Maldives in response to threats made on social media to the Indian High Commission, as well as calls for protests in front of the Chinese Embassy.
The Ministry stated that animosity toward the Indian High Commission and the Chinese Embassy has escalated due to inaccurate articles and tweets about the diplomatic missions published by the local media outlet Dhiyares. They also indicated that they have frequently observed local media outlets disseminating false information about foreign ambassadors, envoys, and foreign mission officials.
The foreign ministry went on to say that such acts could strain the Maldives’ long-standing diplomatic relations with other countries. Moreover, it would instill animosity against friendly nations among locals.
Furthermore, the foreign ministry cautioned that such measures could harm the Maldives’ reputation in the international community, as well as business possibilities and the tourism industry. It also encouraged media outlets to carry out their duties in a way that does not jeopardize the Maldives’ diplomatic contacts with other countries, as well as in accordance with applicable international treaties on diplomatic relations.
The opposition PPM-PNC has been vocal about the favoritism employed by the government towards India in its foreign diplomatic mission as the controversy surrounding the Uthuru Thila Falhu (UTF) agreement lingers on.