The recent tension between India and the Maldives surfaced when high-ranking officials from the Maldives made disrespectful comments about Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi following his visit to Lakshadweep.
The Maldivian Deputy Minister of Youth Empowerment, Mariyam Shiuna, posted derogatory remarks, causing a significant uproar.
In response, the Maldivian government suspended Shiuna and other officials involved in the incident, emphasizing that her opinions didn’t represent the government’s stance.
Moreover, the Blue Star Air Travel Services Director, Madhav Oza, noted that while the India-Maldives connections have generally improved over the years, there might be a 20-30% possibility of flight cancellations due to the ongoing issue.
The Maldives Association of Tourism Industry (MATI) highlighted India’s significant role in the Maldives’ tourism industry and stressed the importance of maintaining the strong relationship between the two nations without any actions or speech that could harm their bond.
MATI also strongly condemned the derogatory comments, expressing gratitude to India for its support during various crises, especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic.