After Ibrahim Mohamed Solih defeated pro-China Abdullah Yameen in the presidential elections in the Maldives last September, he chose India for his maiden state visit last month. In his first interview as President, Solih told Dipanjan Roy Chaudhury in an email interaction said that the island nation would not allow any anti-India activities from its soil and exhorted that Male would play the role of a stabiliser in the Indian Ocean Region. Excerpts:
Indo-Maldives ties have been lukewarm over the last few years. What are your plans to revive warmth in the partnership?
We enjoy centuries of historical and cultural ties with India, and it is unfortunate that over the last few years this traditional relationship was subjected to needless tension. Read More