14 Mar '18, 3am

India is Big Brother in Region, Not China, Asserts Maldives

India is Big Brother in Region, Not China, Asserts Maldives

Asserting its 'India First' policy, the Maldivian government on Tuesday claimed that as far as it was concerned, India is its big brother in Asia. “We have an India first policy and we believe that India is the big brother in the region, not China,” said Mohammed Shainee, Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture. She is also the chairperson of the all-party talks committee. The statement was made in the presence of other senior Maldivian ministers, including Mohamed Saeed who is the Minister of Economics development, Aishath Azima Shakoor who is the Minister of Legal Affairs, and Moosa Zameer, the Minister of tourism. The statements were made in the President's office in the capital Male in the first international press conference hosted by the island nation this year. “India will always be our best friend. India need not be threatened by Maldives,” Shainee said. The minister...

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