India-first policy stays but will be friends with China too: Maldives ex-President Nasheed

Former president of Maldives Mohamed Nasheed has said his country will maintain friendly relations with every country, including China, even as it continues to follow the “India-first policy” that had come under severe strain in the last few years under the previous Maldivian regime.

“The government wants to have friendly relations with all countries, including China,” Nasheed told ThePrint in an email interview. “India has been a consistent friend to Maldives, supporting us in our times of need, and always respecting our independence and sovereignty.”

The statement comes as Nasheed and President Ibrahim Solih’s Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) won the country’s parliamentary polls with a massive mandate last week, securing 65 seats in the 87-member People’s Majlis. Read More

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