Maldives President Muizzu mentions ‘centuries of friendship’ with India; wishes Prez Murmu, PM Modi on Republic Day 2024

Amid the ongoing diplomatic row between New Delhi and Male, Maldives President Mohamed Muizzu extended his greetings to India on the occasion of 75th Republic Day.

Livemint (with inputs from ANI)
First Published26 Jan 2024, 01:36 PM IST
Maldives President Mohammed Muizzu has wished India on Republic Day 2024
Maldives President Mohammed Muizzu has wished India on Republic Day 2024 (AFP)

Maldives President Mohamed Muizzu has extended Republic Day greetings to India. This gesture comes amid the diplomatic tensions between New Delhi and Male. 

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President Muizzu's message, addressed to both Indian President Droupadi Murmu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, emphasised the longstanding ties and mutual respect shared by the two nations.

The Maldives President's office released a statement highlighting President Muizzu's wishes for India's continued peace, progress and prosperity.

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"President Muizzu conveyed good wishes from the Government and the people of the Maldives to the Government and the people of India. He underscored the Maldives-India bond nurtured by centuries of friendship, mutual respect and a deep sense of kinship,” ANI quoted the Maldives President's office as saying in a statement.

“The President expressed hope for continued peace, progress, and prosperity for the Government and people of India for years to come," the statement added.

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Alongside President Muizzu, former Maldives President Ibrahim Solih also conveyed his wishes to India. In his message, Solih stressed the enduring and unbreakable bond between the two countries, wishing for it to grow stronger.

"On the joyous occasion of India's 75th Republic Day I extend best wishes to Pres Murmu (@rashtrapatibhvn), PM @narendramodi, the government and people of India. May the unbreakable bonds of friendship that have long existed between Maldives and India go from strength to strength," Solih wrote on X (formerly Twitter).

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Solih was one of the first prominent leaders from the island nation to condemn the derogatory remarks made by some junior ministers. It led to a diplomatic standoff between the two nations.

On January 14, India and the Maldives "agreed to fast-track the withdrawal of Indian military personnel" from the island nation, according to the Maldives' Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

(With ANI inputs)

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First Published:26 Jan 2024, 01:36 PM IST
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