In a surprising turn of events, recent official data released by the Maldives Ministry of Tourism. A significant decline in Indian tourist arrivals is seen. Previously holding the coveted position as the top tourist group visiting the Maldives. Indians have now slipped to fifth place within the span of just three weeks. This decline coincides with a diplomatic row between New Delhi and Male, further complicating the situation.

Also, the recent ‘India Out’ campaign in the Maldives has stirred debates and discussions among political analysts and experts. During an interaction at IIM-Mumbai. External Affairs Minister Jaishankar shed light on the significance of history and geography in shaping international relations. In this blog, we delve into the underlying forces behind the campaign and analyze its potential implications. He highlighted the significance of strong bilateral ties between India and the Maldives. Affirming that “neighbours need each other.” Emphasizing the historical and cultural links between the two nations, he emphasized the need for continued cooperation and support for the Maldives in their developmental endeavors.

What did Leader of the Maldives Jumhooree Party (JP) Qasim Ibrahim ask President Maldivian President Mohammed Muizzu to do?

“Regarding any country, especially a neighbouring one, we shouldn’t speak in a way that affects the relationship. We have an obligation to our state that must be considered. President Solih did consider this obligation and issued a Presidential Decree banning the ‘India Out’ campaign. Now, Yameen is questioning why Muizzu, who participated with him in the India Out Campaign, has not nullified the Presidential Decree,” Voice of Maldives, a Maldivian digital news outlet, quoted Ibrahim as saying.

India and the Maldives have reached an agreement to expedite the withdrawal of Indian military personnel from the Maldives. This move comes as a result of discussions held on January 14 between the two countries. The Maldives’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed this decision, emphasizing the desire for a swift process.

The decision to fast-track the withdrawal of Indian military personnel signifies a positive step towards normalizing the relationship between the two nations. This move also showcases the trust and mutual understanding that exists between India and the Maldives. As strategic partners, India and the Maldives have established a strong bond, and this step only strengthens the bilateral ties. The withdrawal of Indian military personnel signifies the Maldives’ increasing confidence in handling its own security affairs. It demonstrates the strengthening sovereignty of the island nation.

What else is being said?

Addressing the growing partnership between India and the Maldives, Minister Jaishankar reiterated the shared commitment to maritime security, climate change, and economic cooperation. He highlighted the robust connectivity initiatives, such as ferry services, air connectivity, and mutual recognition of COVID-19 vaccination certificates, as key steps in enhancing people-to-people contacts.

The minister expressed confidence in further strengthening the bilateral ties, which have witnessed significant growth in recent years. As both India and the Maldives navigate complex regional dynamics, Minister Jaishankar emphasized the importance of cooperation to address shared challenges. The statement emphasized the principle of ‘Neighbourhood First,’ demonstrating India’s commitment to fostering strong ties with its neighbors.


With a renewed focus on mutual interests and shared prosperity, India and the Maldives are poised to further deepen their relationship and explore new avenues of collaboration in the years to come. In case we recover any new facts, we shall add it to the article.

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