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Sri Lanka remains open for positive role in dousing India-Maldives tension

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Colombo, Jan 20 (Daily Mirror) - Sri Lanka remains open to play a positive role in dousing tension between India and the Maldives in the greater interest of regional peace, Daily Mirror learns.

First, tension between India and the Maldives flared up since the election of the new Maldivian president Mohamed Muizzu who openly advocates a pro-china policy and even called for Indian troops to leave his country for a foreign policy with better ties with China.

Later, on January 4, social media posts from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi praising the beauty of India’s beaches in Lakshadweep sparked a diplomatic row with the Maldives, a country that counts on tourism as its main source of income.

Following the social media posts, three Maldivian junior ministers criticized the Indian Prime Minister, which led to calls from Indian social media users to boycott the Maldives as a tourist destination.

Sri Lankan Foreign Affairs Minister Ali Sabry who met with his Maldivian counterpart Moosa Zameer on the sidelines of the NAM Summit in Uganda is reported to have stressed the need for regional peace and stability for the benefit of all countries.

President Ranil Wickremesinghe is expected to hold bilateral discussions with Indian External Affairs Minister DR.S. Jaishankar in Uganda today. In addition to bilateral matters, the tension between India- Maldives is likely to be discussed.


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  • Sambo Saturday, 20 January 2024 08:32 AM

    Of course India can't beat the beauty of the Maldivian beaches. They are unique.

    Jesus Saturday, 20 January 2024 08:48 AM

    Don't ever give in to india ...

    The fake president. Saturday, 20 January 2024 09:10 AM

    Fan the the fires at home and douse the fired elsewhere in the world. What a hypocrite.

    Sleazy president Saturday, 20 January 2024 09:15 AM

    The president is solving problems all over the world except his own country. Must be eyeing for a diplomatic post after the election.

    Nodaking Saturday, 20 January 2024 09:20 AM

    Did something heavy like a piano fall on the presidents head? He is suddenly concerned about other peoples wellbeing.

    vikram Saturday, 20 January 2024 09:21 AM

    SL with it's own unresolvable problems should focus on it's citizens issues instead of poking it's nose on unsolicited regional matters

    Proud Boy Saturday, 20 January 2024 09:35 AM

    Tell Ranil to focus on the issues we have in the country without trying to give aide to African nations and build hospitals in Gaza. Now he is trying to mediate tensions between two countries when Sri Lanka has so many tensions that exists within its own communities to resolve. There are mothers looking for their children in the north and mother’s looking for food to feed their families in the south. Helping other nations in need, is good when we can afford it. This president is a product of the Aragalaya and is overstepping his mandate and losing his focus on the core issues of the average man on the street.

    Joshua Saturday, 20 January 2024 09:40 AM

    We can give our expertise as to how to steal, how to protect the rogues, how to kill innocent people, how to strangle the poor farmers overnight etc. Our politicians are good at these.... Maldives and India must be insane to let this bankrupt country intervene

    This is reality Saturday, 20 January 2024 09:51 AM

    Our country's plate is full and over-flowing yet trying to scoop more from another's.

    VJ Saturday, 20 January 2024 09:54 AM

    There are hundreds if not thousands of Sri Lankans earning a living in the Maldives. Sri Lanka also supplies fruits, vegetables and water to the Maldives. They also bring in a lot of revenue for medical services and schools. What would happen if Maldives looses its position as a tourist destination? Resolving the tensions is important to us too.

    Loabi Saturday, 20 January 2024 02:53 PM

    Maldives tourism business is not dependent on Indian tourists. By the way, there are much more Indians employed in Maldives tourism than Sri Lankans

    HARD TRUTH Saturday, 20 January 2024 10:20 AM

    FOR THOSE WHO IF NOT FAMILIAR WITH GEOPOLITICS, A SIMILAR PROBLEM ARISES. IF YOU SITTING NEXT BIG BROTHER, YOU MUST BE PRO. .

    Premalal Perera Saturday, 20 January 2024 10:25 AM

    Before trying to help the world like in the Red sea and Maldives, our government should priorstise its own citizens who are undergoung untold suffering.

    Mendis Saturday, 20 January 2024 11:00 AM

    All what Maldives asking India to do is to remove its Army stationed in Maldivian soil. But India is refusing to remove its troops. Similar thing happened here in our country, In 1990 when President Premadasa, the only Sri Lankan Politician who publicly acknowledged that Indian Army committed horrendous atrocities against the Tamils, demanded that India remove its Army from the North and East, Rajiv Gandhi refused and reinforced Palaly Air base with Indian Bombers. But it was the sudden change of government in India that resulted in Indian Army leaving Sri Lanka otherwise it wouldn’t have left Sri Lanka and probably it would have also moved to the South and taken over Sinhalese areas close to the North.

    Mahila Saturday, 20 January 2024 02:33 PM

    "But IT WAS THE SUDDEN CHANGE OF GOVERNMENT IN INDIA THAT resulted in Indian Army leaving Sri Lanka OTHERWISE IT WOULDN’T HAVE LEFT SRI LANKA AND PROBABLY IT WOULD HAVE ALSO MOVED TO THE SOUTH AND TAKEN OVER SINHALESE AREAS close to the North." Come-On, be a realist!!!??? Facts seem to contradict your assumptions in the comment!? What Lies are perpetrated by “Nationalist Minded Patriots”!? Save Nation; Kill the Truth!!!Premadasa requested the IPKF to leave after he became President in 01/1989 and he was engaged in HILTON Peace talks commenced in 06/1989 and the call by him for IPKF to Pack up and go was Made soon thereafter and India agreed!? “LAST IPKF TROOPS” LEFT TRINCOMALEE Port 03/1990 INDIAN ELECTIONS DIDN’T OCCUR UNTIL 06/1990 for CHANGE OF GOVERNMENT – 3 MONTHS AFTER IPKF DEPARTED!? Unbelievable Rubbish!?

    Thimal Samarajeewa Saturday, 20 January 2024 11:47 AM

    What ever said and done RW has put the derailed train back on the track for others to drive it forward. Who ever comes into power we hope for a better future for SL.

    Sam Silva Saturday, 20 January 2024 07:06 PM

    You have a point. But now the derailed train is on the wrong tracks.

    Waco Saturday, 20 January 2024 12:21 PM

    Ranil / Pin-President can not find a way to resolve internal issues or Develop the Economy of Sri Lanka. Now he sill out to grab irresponsible activities. * Changing the name of a University, Renaming a street/ road Now put his fingers into Indian and Moldavian issue. Cunning Fox.

    DOT Saturday, 20 January 2024 02:05 PM

    WOW! Now we solve Internal problems too!

    5555 Saturday, 20 January 2024 04:13 PM

    Maldives is beautiful. India is dirty like ill gotten hearts of rasisam in modi and its 70% of there population

    India Maldives problem not our fight Saturday, 20 January 2024 05:40 PM

    Why are our government getting involved in the Maldives India problem. India is a big bully, they try to force their business interests on us, when there are better China deals. The India Credit Loan is the highest interest loan there is. We should be supportive of all countries which want to free themselves of Indian control, even when we can't.

    LOOK AND SEE TRUE COLOURS COMING TO SURFACE Saturday, 20 January 2024 05:53 PM

    MALDIVES JUMPED UP AND DOWN WHEN INDIA STARTED HELPING THEM IN DESPERATION, BUT NOW WITH THE CHANGE OF GOVERNMENT THEY HAVE OPTED TO TAKE THE AID ETC CHINA HAS OFFERED AND WITH PLENTY OF OLIVE OIL COATING SOME PALMS, HAVE DECIDED TO ASK INDIA TO LEAVE. NEXT STEP TO COME IS SHIPS SURVEYING THE DEEP OCEAN AS SRI LANKA GOT WISE AND HALTED THE LAST EXPECTED ARRIVAL OF A VESSEL. NOW WITH CHINA HAVING GOT ROUND SOLOMON ISLAND, NARAU NOW MALDIVES AND THEY HAVE THE PORT IN HAMBANTOTA!!! SO SRI LANKA HAS A CHOICE GO HAND IN HAND WITH A COUNTRY RULED BY A DICTATOR WHO WANTS TO TAKE OVER INDEPENDENT TAIWAN BY FORCE OR INDIA, NOT FORGETTING OTHER PARTS OF LAND THEY CONTINUE TO CLAIM. THIS DECISION MAY BE A DO OR DIE ONE.

    One for the road Tuesday, 23 January 2024 05:51 AM

    I love Sri Lanka. Small country. Big mouth


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