Former President and current Parliament Speaker, Mohamed Nasheed has voiced his support to establish an Indian consulate in Addu City, citing it will benefit both Maldives and India.
Several citizens have expressed their discontent after the India’s Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that they have approved the opening of a new Consulate General of India in Addu City, Maldives in 2021. However, Speaker Nasheed remains on the side of the government’s proposed plan to establish an Indian consulate in Addu City by tweeting that it will benefit Maldives and especially Addu City for future development.
Although the government is yet to approve the establishment of an Indian consulate in Addu City, newly elected Mayor of Addu City, Ali Nizar assured that the Addu City Council will provide full support as it is an important decision for the future development of Addu City.
Despite most MDP leaders voicing their support for such an establishment, people of the Addu City are highly skeptical that it will provide any real development for the city and have accused the government of having ulterior motives.
The criticism have also been echoed by opposition and Professor Mohamed Ugail, who said that it is unwise to spend government and Addu City Council’s time and resources on such an endeavor and that opening a consulate office will not bring any real economic, urban or social development to Addu City.
The establishment of a consulate in Addu City will be the first time in Maldives’ history that a diplomatic mission of a foreign country will be opened on an island other than the capital Malé city.