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External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and his Maldivian counterpart Abdulla Shahid at the India-Maldives Joint Commission Meeting (JCM) in Hyderabad House New Delhi.(PTI PHOTO.)

India signs key financial intelligence agreement with Maldives

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 14, 2019 12:37 AM IST
India’s ties with the Maldives had nosedived under the previous regime headed by Abdulla Yameen, and the new government led by Ibrahim Solih has adopted an “India first” policy to help rebuild the relationship.
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Maldives' former President Mohamed Nasheed’s Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) has won more than two-thirds of the seats in the 87-member Parliament(REUTERS)
Maldives' former President Mohamed Nasheed’s Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) has won more than two-thirds of the seats in the 87-member Parliament(REUTERS)

Mohamed Nasheed’s return will strengthen Maldivian democracy

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON APR 08, 2019 09:27 PM IST
India has reasons to be pleased with recent electoral results. However, it would be a mistake to assume that China’s influence has vanished from the Maldives
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A Maldives court on Monday ordered the arrest and detention of former strongman president Abdulla Yameen on money laundering charges.(AP)
A Maldives court on Monday ordered the arrest and detention of former strongman president Abdulla Yameen on money laundering charges.(AP)

Maldives court orders arrest of former president Abdulla Yameen

By Agence France-Presse | Male
UPDATED ON FEB 18, 2019 05:49 PM IST
the court agreed to a prosecution request to detain Yameen who was charged last week with laundering nearly $1.5 million before he lost his re-election bid in September.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.(Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.(Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)

Burdened by Chinese debt, Maldives gets $1.4bn aid from India

By HT Correspondent | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON DEC 17, 2018 11:06 PM IST
India said on Monday it will provide $1.4 billion as financial aid to the Maldives, which is grappling with mounting Chinese debt, after the two sides signed four agreements that will boost cooperation in areas ranging from healthcare to defence.
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External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj meets with her Maldives counterpart Abdulla Shahid in New Delhi.(AFP Photo/MEA)
External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj meets with her Maldives counterpart Abdulla Shahid in New Delhi.(AFP Photo/MEA)

Tried to play India against China as a ‘puppet master’: Maldives foreign minister on Ex-president Yameen

By Press Trust of India | New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 27, 2018 12:24 AM IST
The remark of Maldives minister assumes significance as reports suggest that China had been trying to expand its influence over the island nation.
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Maldives former President Mohamed Nasheed was elected as the country’s head in its first-ever democratic poll in 2008, ousting an authoritarian president who had ruled the honeymoon islands for 30 years.(REUTERS)
Maldives former President Mohamed Nasheed was elected as the country’s head in its first-ever democratic poll in 2008, ousting an authoritarian president who had ruled the honeymoon islands for 30 years.(REUTERS)

Maldives’ top court clears former president Nasheed of terror conviction

By AFP | Colombo
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2018 07:15 PM IST
The Supreme Court said Nasheed was wrongfully charged and should not have been convicted in the 2015 trial described by the United Nations as politically motivated.
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India will also have to take the lead in working with the Maldives to strengthen both Mr Solih’s government and democratic institutions(AFP)
India will also have to take the lead in working with the Maldives to strengthen both Mr Solih’s government and democratic institutions(AFP)

The Maldives’ new regime is an opportunity for India to regain its lost ground

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 21, 2018 08:15 AM IST
Even before he assumed office, President Solih had spoken of an “India first” policy, a significant shift away from his predecessor Abdulla Yameen’s tight embrace of China
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China's President Xi Jinping(Reuters file photo)
China's President Xi Jinping(Reuters file photo)

Maldives to pull out of ‘one-sided’ China trade deal: Report

By Bloomberg | Bloomberg
UPDATED ON NOV 20, 2018 05:34 PM IST
Maldives is reportedly planning to pull out of a free trade agreement with China as the island nation moves closer to India.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Maldives on Saturday to attend the swearing-in ceremony of president-elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.(PMO/Twitter Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Maldives on Saturday to attend the swearing-in ceremony of president-elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.(PMO/Twitter Photo)

PM Modi arrives in Maldives to attend president-elect Solih’s swearing-in ceremony

By Press Trust of India | Male (Maldives)
UPDATED ON NOV 17, 2018 05:09 PM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the recent elections in the Maldives represent the collective aspirations of the people for democracy, rule of law and a prosperous future. PM Modi also congratulated Solih on his victory in the recent elections and wished him “the very best for his tenure”.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will make his first-ever visit to the Maldives for the swearing-in of its new president, signaling a shift in the island nation toward India and away from China.(Reuters)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will make his first-ever visit to the Maldives for the swearing-in of its new president, signaling a shift in the island nation toward India and away from China.(Reuters)

PM Narendra Modi heads to Maldives as island shifts toward India from China

By Archana Chaudhary and Iain Marlow | Bloomberg
UPDATED ON NOV 17, 2018 12:56 PM IST
The Saturday visit of PM Modi, the first by an Indian head of state since 2011, is expected to reset strained ties with the Maldives as Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, a veteran opposition politician, takes over after successfully ousting former pro-China president Abdulla Yameen.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

PM Modi to attend Maldives President-elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih’s swearing-in ceremony on Nov 17

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 09, 2018 04:28 PM IST
Solih, the opposition Maldivian Democratic Party’s candidate who emerged victorious over incumbent president Abdulla Yameen in the election held on September 23, had extended the invitation during a phone call by Modi.
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Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen speaks as he gives a statement at President office in Male, Maldives.(REUTERS)
Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen speaks as he gives a statement at President office in Male, Maldives.(REUTERS)

US urges Maldives’ Abdulla Yameen to accept election results

By Yashwant Raj | Hindustan Times, Washington, Washington
UPDATED ON OCT 12, 2018 12:09 AM IST
The US has offered the newly elected government of the Maldives deeper engagement to help it along the path of democracy, security and prosperity in the context of its evolving Indo-Pacific strategy and rebalance.
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Maldivian president Ibrahim Mohamed Solih arrives at an event with supporters in Male, Maldives, September 24, 2018(REUTERS)
Maldivian president Ibrahim Mohamed Solih arrives at an event with supporters in Male, Maldives, September 24, 2018(REUTERS)

Maldives: India should not rest on its oars

By Brahma Chellaney
UPDATED ON OCT 09, 2018 11:06 AM IST
Despite Solih’s win, New Delhi must keep an eye on China’s expanding influence in the Maldives
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The outgoing strongman president of the Maldives, Abdulla Yameen, faced allegations Tuesday that he received nearly $1.5 million in illicit payments just before his surprise election defeat last month.(REUTERS)
The outgoing strongman president of the Maldives, Abdulla Yameen, faced allegations Tuesday that he received nearly $1.5 million in illicit payments just before his surprise election defeat last month.(REUTERS)

Outgoing Maldives president ‘received $1.5 million’: Reports

By Agence France-Presse | Colombo
UPDATED ON OCT 02, 2018 08:50 PM IST
The allegations that two cash deposits were made into a private account in Abdulla Yameen’s name came to light after local media reported that the Maldivian Monetary Authority (MMA) had lodged a police complaint.
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Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, the opposition Maldivian Democratic Party’s candidate, emerged victorious over incumbent president Abdulla Yameen in the election held on September 23. He will be sworn in on November 17.(Reuters Photo)
Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, the opposition Maldivian Democratic Party’s candidate, emerged victorious over incumbent president Abdulla Yameen in the election held on September 23. He will be sworn in on November 17.(Reuters Photo)

Maldives president-elect Solih invites PM Narendra Modi to swearing-in ceremony: Report

By Press Trust of India | Male
UPDATED ON SEP 27, 2018 07:52 PM IST
Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, the opposition Maldivian Democratic Party’s candidate, emerged victorious over incumbent president Abdulla Yameen in the election held on September 23. He will be sworn in on November 17.
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Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, centre, jumps as he walks in a street march with supporters in Male, September 22(AP)
Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, centre, jumps as he walks in a street march with supporters in Male, September 22(AP)

The Maldives poll results are an opportunity for India to gain lost ground

By Pinak Ranjan Chakravarty
UPDATED ON SEP 26, 2018 04:06 PM IST
China is likely to mount a major effort to protect its strategic investments and ongoing projects in Maldives
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The electoral defeat of Abdulla Yameen in Maldives on Monday brought a sigh of relief for India. For, all that could have gone wrong between two countries, had gone wrong under Yameen’s presidency.(Reuters Photo)
The electoral defeat of Abdulla Yameen in Maldives on Monday brought a sigh of relief for India. For, all that could have gone wrong between two countries, had gone wrong under Yameen’s presidency.(Reuters Photo)

Why Abdulla Yameen’s ouster is good news for India

By Jayanth Jacob | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 25, 2018 02:35 AM IST
Maldives has become a showpiece of mega projects-driven Chinese foreign policy as well as an important player in President Xi Jinping’s marquee one-road-one-belt project.
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Maldivian president-elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih arrives at an event with supporters in Male, Maldives on September 24, 2018.(Reuters Photo)
Maldivian president-elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih arrives at an event with supporters in Male, Maldives on September 24, 2018.(Reuters Photo)

India hails ‘triumph of democracy’ in Maldives election result

By Jayanth Jacob | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 25, 2018 12:02 AM IST
Ibrahim Mohamed Solih’s victory could possibly bring to an end the months-long strain in ties between India and Yameen, whose handling of institutions and closeness to Beijing didn’t go down well with New Delhi.
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Maldives strongman Abdulla Yameen’s hopes for a second presidential term have been dashed with the victory of the candidate of the combined opposition, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih (in photo)(REUTERS)
Maldives strongman Abdulla Yameen’s hopes for a second presidential term have been dashed with the victory of the candidate of the combined opposition, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih (in photo)(REUTERS)

The Maldives result can help counter China’s influence on the Indian Ocean

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON SEP 24, 2018 07:20 PM IST
As in Malaysia, where a pro-Beijing regime was ousted in recent elections, Mr Solih’s victory is expected to lead to intensified scrutiny of China’s investments in the Maldives. For India, which has described Mr Solih’s win as the triumph of democratic forces, the latest developments provide an opportunity to forge a closer relationship with the new administration
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Maldives president Abdulla Yameen attends a signing meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.(Reuters File Photo)
Maldives president Abdulla Yameen attends a signing meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.(Reuters File Photo)

‘I accept the result’: Maldives president Abdulla Yameen concedes election defeat

By Agence France-Presse | Colombo
UPDATED ON SEP 24, 2018 02:30 PM IST
There had been concerns that Maldives President Abdulla Yameen, who has borrowed hundreds of millions of dollars from China for an infrastructure blitz, might not accept the election outcome.
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Maldivian joint opposition presidential candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih speaks to the media at the end of the presidential election day in Male, Maldives.(Reuters Photo)
Maldivian joint opposition presidential candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih speaks to the media at the end of the presidential election day in Male, Maldives.(Reuters Photo)

Pro-China Maldives president Yameen loses election, India welcomes result

By Press Trust of India | New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 24, 2018 11:26 AM IST
According to reports, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih won the presidential election, defeating President Abdulla Yameen who is known to be close to China,
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Maldivian joint opposition presidential candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih speaks to the media at the end of the presidential election day in Male, Maldives September 23, 2018.(REUTERS)
Maldivian joint opposition presidential candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih speaks to the media at the end of the presidential election day in Male, Maldives September 23, 2018.(REUTERS)

Maldives opposition candidate says he has won presidential election

By Agence France-Presse | Colombo
UPDATED ON SEP 24, 2018 01:41 AM IST
Maldives opposition candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, who fought a bitter election campaign against President Abdulla Yameen, said that he had won Sunday’s presidential vote
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Maldives' main opposition leader and presidential candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih (C) and Maldives' self-imposed exiled former president Mohamed Nasheed (2nd R) attend a meeting at Mount Lavinia, a suburb of Colombo, on August 27, 2018.(AFP)
Maldives' main opposition leader and presidential candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih (C) and Maldives' self-imposed exiled former president Mohamed Nasheed (2nd R) attend a meeting at Mount Lavinia, a suburb of Colombo, on August 27, 2018.(AFP)

US threatens Maldives with sanctions if it fails to hold fair elections

By Yashwant Raj | Hindustan Times, Washington, Washington
PUBLISHED ON SEP 08, 2018 03:11 PM IST
Maldives has been in a political crisis since February when President Abdulla Yameen imposed a 45-day emergency, and forced the country’s top court to overturn an earlier order quashing the conviction of nine opposition leaders, including former president Mohamed Naheed.
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India’s foreign minister Sushma Swaraj (L) with Maldives' President Abdulla Yameen. Tactful handling of the India-Maldives relationship is required as the fate of some India-backed projects and Indian workers in the island nation hangs in the balance.(REUTERS)
India’s foreign minister Sushma Swaraj (L) with Maldives' President Abdulla Yameen. Tactful handling of the India-Maldives relationship is required as the fate of some India-backed projects and Indian workers in the island nation hangs in the balance.(REUTERS)

India must stay the course in Maldives

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON AUG 30, 2018 07:18 PM IST
It must not antagonise Male too much. That may drive the country closer to China.
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Indian foreign minister Sushma Swaraj with Maldives' president Abdulla Yameen in Male, Maldives in October 2015. The Maldives asking India to take back its military helicopters and personnel deployed there reflects the country’s “increasing desire to rid itself of the excessive Indian influence”, Chinese state media said.(Representative Image/Reuters Photo)
Indian foreign minister Sushma Swaraj with Maldives' president Abdulla Yameen in Male, Maldives in October 2015. The Maldives asking India to take back its military helicopters and personnel deployed there reflects the country’s “increasing desire to rid itself of the excessive Indian influence”, Chinese state media said.(Representative Image/Reuters Photo)

Maldives wants to rid itself of excessive Indian influence: Chinese media

By Indo-Asian News Service | Beijing
PUBLISHED ON AUG 13, 2018 05:06 PM IST
Last week, the Maldivian ambassador told a media outlet that his country has asked India to take back military helicopters and personnel posted there following the expiry of a pact in June.
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Maldives President Abdulla Yameen shakes the hand of China's President Xi Jinping after a signing meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.(Reuters File)
Maldives President Abdulla Yameen shakes the hand of China's President Xi Jinping after a signing meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.(Reuters File)

Withdraw your military choppers, China-backed Maldives govt tells India

By Reuters | Reuters
UPDATED ON AUG 10, 2018 07:22 PM IST
India and China are going head to head in the Maldives, the Indian Ocean island chain where Beijing is building roads, bridges and a bigger airport, upstaging India which has been the country’s prime provider of military and civilian aid for decades.
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MEA said exports were consistent with the trade agreement between India and Maldives.(AFP File Photo)
MEA said exports were consistent with the trade agreement between India and Maldives.(AFP File Photo)

Govt says reports of India reducing exports to Maldives ‘misleading’

By PTI | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 25, 2018 01:41 PM IST
According to some media reports, India has lowered the limits on the export of certain essential commodities such as potatoes and onions to Maldives.
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Maldives former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom has been accused of plotting to overthrow the government and sentenced to 19 months in prison for failing to corporate with the police investigation.(AP File Photo)
Maldives former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom has been accused of plotting to overthrow the government and sentenced to 19 months in prison for failing to corporate with the police investigation.(AP File Photo)

Former Maldives president and Supreme Court chief justice convicted for obstruction of justice

By Reuters | Reuters, Male
UPDATED ON JUN 14, 2018 10:36 AM IST
The trials are widely seen as part of a plan by President Abdulla Yameen to tighten his grip on power ahead of elections in September.
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This picture taken on March 2, 2018 shows Maldivian police responding to a protest urging the release of opposition leaders held in jail in the Maldives capital Male.(AFP File Photo)
This picture taken on March 2, 2018 shows Maldivian police responding to a protest urging the release of opposition leaders held in jail in the Maldives capital Male.(AFP File Photo)

Mass arrests in Maldives as activists defy emergency

By Press Trust of India | Press Trust of India, Colombo
UPDATED ON MAR 17, 2018 09:21 PM IST
Yameen is facing increasing opposition both within and outside his tiny Indian Ocean archipelago since coming to power in November 2013 following a controversial run off election against former president Mohamed Nasheed.
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