Maldives Foreign Minister Moosa Zameer, has reaffirmed the government’s stance, and stated remarks on PM Modi is unacceptable. This is in response to derogatory remarks made against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and India by Maldivian ministers on social media, the .
Moosa Zameer emphasized that such remarks were “unacceptable” and do not represent the official position of the Maldives government. He stressed the country’s commitment to maintaining positive and constructive dialogue, especially with neighboring nations.
In a statement shared on an official X platform, Moosa Zameer stated, “The recent remarks against foreign leaders and our close neighbors are unacceptable and do not reflect the official position of the Government of Maldives. We remain committed to fostering a positive and constructive dialogue with all our partners, especially our neighbors, based on mutual respect and understanding.”
The controversy erupted after a Maldivian deputy minister, along with other cabinet members, made disparaging comments regarding PM Modi’s visit to Lakshadweep. PM Modi’s visit included shared pictures of the scenic beauty and a call for embracing adventure tourism in the region.
Comments on PM Narendra Modi is disrespectful – Maldives Foreign Minister Moosa Zameer
The disrespectful reference by the Maldivian Deputy Minister of Youth Empowerment, Shiuna, sparked outrage. She mocked PM Modi’s visit, even featuring images from his Lakshadweep trip in a now-deleted post. This led to strong criticism from sections of India’s film industry in support of PM Modi and condemnation from former Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.
In response to the derogatory comments made about Prime Minister Narendra Modi, EaseMyTrip has taken the decision to temporarily halt all flight operations to the Maldives. This action has been implemented as a direct response to the disrespectful remarks and serves as a demonstration of EaseMyTrip’s commitment to upholding the dignity and respect of world leaders. By suspending flights to the Maldives, EaseMyTrip aims to send a strong message that such disparaging comments will not be tolerated and that they stand in solidarity with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Solih condemned the use of “hateful language” against India and emphasized India’s longstanding friendship with the Maldives, urging against actions that could strain bilateral relations.
Additionally, former Maldivian Foreign Minister Abdullah Shahid called the remarks ‘reprehensible’ and ‘odious.’ He called upon the Maldivian government to identify and reprimand the officials responsible for such disrespectful comments against PM Modi and the people of India. The incident highlights the importance of maintaining diplomatic decorum and mutual respect between neighboring countries and the need to address such incidents promptly to preserve international relations.