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

By New Indian Express

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.

Asked how he compares Maldives’ relations with India and China, the visiting minister said there is no comparison in international relations.

“In international relations, there is no comparison for countries like the Maldives. We only have friends, we don’t compare friends. But India has always been first responder and our best friend,” he said.

Shahid is on a visit to India and met his Indian counterpart S Jaishankar earlier today. The two leaders reviewed the status of ongoing projects and bilateral relations.

The minister had earlier told ANI that the Maldives is working with friends for stability in the Indian Ocean region.

“We believe 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.

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