India ‘first responder’ and ‘best friend’, says Maldives

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(Online Desk)

Maldives has termed India as the first responder and “our best friend”.

In an interview to ANI, Maldives Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid also said that the Indian Ocean is a zone of peace and security.

lieve the Indian Ocean is a zone of peace and security that is essential to be stable for the prosperity of Maldives and we are working with all our friends that it remains the same,” he said.

The Maldives Foreign Minister also welcomed dialogue between India and China.

Soldiers of two countries had clashed last year in eastern Ladakh following border tensions over actions of the Chinese Army.

“Well, I’m very pleased that in the India-China relationship there has been more dialogue. I’m confident that with dialogue India and China, both economic powers of the world, now will be able to avoid any confrontation. I trust the leadership of both countries to do the right thing,” he said.

Shahid also spoke on how India and Maldives are cooperating in the United Nations.

“We work very closely with our neighbours in the south Asian region especially with India at United Nations and other international forums because the principals we adhere to are the same and that is why we are able to work so closely with each other,” he said.

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