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The number of Maldivians travelling to Syria to fight with jihadist groups is on the rise, Defence Minister Adam Shareef said Monday.

 

The government wants to amend the Penal Code to add “treason to the state” as a criminal offence.

 

The Maldives has assured India that it will adhere to its "India First" policy in terms of its foreign relations during a meeting here between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Maldivian counterpart Mohamed Asim.

 

Almost a month after the Indian Ocean atoll nation of Maldives signed a free trade pact with India’s strategic and economic rival China, adding to misgivings in New Delhi about ties between the two countries, Maldives President Abdulla Yameen is despatching his foreign minister Mohamed Asim to New Delhi.

 

The Maldivian regime under President Yameen Abdul Gayoom has changed gears and reached out to the Indian government to repair bilateral relations in the right earnest. The Gayoom government would be sending its foreign minister Mohamed Asim and defence minister Adam Shareef to India later this month.

 

Foreign Minister Taro Kono and Maldives counterpart Mohamed Asim have agreed to cooperate closely in promoting Tokyo’s diplomatic Indo-Pacific strategy amid China’s rising clout in the region.

 

Maldives Police Service has said that their biggest priority in 2018 will be providing security and other obligations related to the Presidential Election.

 

Last Wednesday he concluded the One Planet Summit, which marked two years since the Paris Agreement. In November he attended the COP23 Summit. The Maldives is a poster child internationally for its vulnerability to climate change, but its globetrotting and grandstanding has drawn criticism and mockery at home.

 

In mid-December, K.C. Singh, a former head of India's external affairs ministry, criticized Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for alleged slackness in setting the parameters that shape the country's ties with its smaller neighbors. In India's immediate periphery, "invisible red lines must exist and be enforced," Singh argued in a commentary in an Indian newspaper.

 

Its been nearly a decade since Maldives politics has seen a semblance of calm. Since the country's first democratic elections in 2008, the archipelago has witnessed a police mutiny, the premature end of a government, nationwide protests and a marathon presidential election, with a tumultuous political landscape that does not look that it would quieten down.

 


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