maldives: Maldives defends India in opposition to cost of Islamphobia at OIC

NEW DELHI: The Maldives got here out in sturdy defence of New Delhi to counter a Pakistani diplomatic onslaught, at a current Organisation of Islamic Cooperation assembly, over the therapy of minorities and alleged Islamophobia in India.

The Maldives asserted that it was incorrect to single out India for selling Islamophobia.

Pakistan’s ambassador to the UN, Munir Akram, claimed at a current on-line assembly of OIC states that India was actively selling an Islamophobic agenda. Contradicting Pakistan, the Maldives stated India is the world’s largest democracy and residential to over 200 million Muslims and alleging Islamophobia can be factually incorrect and detrimental to spiritual concord in South Asia.

The Maldives additionally stated {that a} disinformation marketing campaign on social media shouldn’t be construed as consultant of the sensation of 1.three billion folks in India. The island nation famous that India has developed stronger ties with Islamic nations equivalent to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Afghanistan and Palestine in recent times. These international locations have honoured Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi with their highest civilian awards.The Maldives additionally stated South Asian international locations ought to discover methods to work collectively, hinting that Pakistan ought to undertake a extra accommodative strategy.

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The Maldives has now joined different international locations within the OIC, which has refused to toe Pakistan’s line in opposition to India over the previous few years. India’s relations with the Maldives have seen an upswing because the change of guard within the island nation in 2018, with New Delhi and Male reviving their previous strategic partnership. The Maldives has adopted a cautious strategy in the direction of China because the cost of guard.

India, as a web safety supplier in the Indian Ocean Area, not too long ago despatched its naval ship ‘Kesari’ to the Maldives, Mauritius, Madagascar, Comoros and Seychelles, carrying on board two medical help groups and consignments of Covid-19-related medicines. The ship is delivering about 600 tonnes of meals gadgets to the Maldives. That is the primary time {that a} single help mission is masking all of the island international locations of southern and western Indian Ocean in a single go, together with Madagascar and Comoros.

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