Security tightened around Indian and Chinese missions in the Maldives

Maldives authorities have tightened security measures at the High Commission of India as well as the Embassy of China in the nation’s congested capital, Malé City following threats to the two diplomatic missions

Jul 03, 2021
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Indian and Chinese missions in the Maldives

Maldives authorities have tightened security measures at the High Commission of India as well as the Embassy of China in the nation’s congested capital, Malé City following threats to the two diplomatic missions.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs revealed in a statement on Friday night that both diplomatic missions had requested for heightening security measures in their respective complexes following protests in front of the Chinese Embassy as well as threats to bomb the Indian High Commission which have been circulating on social media.

The ministry said that Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF) has since increased security measures at both buildings.

The statement said inaccurate articles published by a local media outlet had sparked outrage and hostility towards the diplomatic missions.

The ministry stressed that spreading inaccurate information regarding foreign diplomats as well as diplomatic missions in the Maldives incite hatred towards them in the hearts of the citizens and in turn trigger negative and often hostile outcomes.

“Such actions are bound to soil the country’s reputation in the eyes of the international community, weaken long-standing diplomatic relations and consecutively impacting business opportunities as well as the country’s tourism industry,” the statement said.

Under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations 1961, the government of Maldives is mandated to provide the required security for diplomats and diplomatic missions established in the island nation.

The ministry urged the public to refrain from circulating false information that will impact the country’s foreign relations, Raajje TV reported.

(SAM)