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Jumhooree Party condemns the severing of diplomatic relations between the Maldives and Qatar by the Government

Jumhoory Party

Male’

Republic Maldives

Ref: PR -2017-06-016

PRESS RELEASE 

 Jumhooree Party condemns the severing of diplomatic relations between the Maldives and Qatar by the Government

Jumhooree Party condemns the severing of diplomatic relations with Qatar by the Government of Maldives, after 33 years of progressive and mutually cordial relations between the two countries. The Government cites terrorism as the reason for discontinuing relations, but does not provide any evidence to justify it. The Maldives and Qatar have enjoyed significant economic ties that have benefitted the people of the Maldives for decades. We believe severing diplomatic relations with Qatar is harmful for the economy and would adversely affect the lives of the people.

A policy decision of this magnitude must be made with appropriate consultation. The unsubstantiated and sudden decision to cut diplomatic ties with Qatar was announced by the Government without any prior consultation with Parliament or the people in any public or institutional setting. Jumhooree Party is concerned by the lack of transparency in the formulation of foreign policy, which gives the space for external forces to influence Maldivian policy decisions for their unilateral benefit.  The Maldives has recently severed diplomatic relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran and now with Qatar. Both these decisions have been directly influenced by the self-interest of countries involved in the Middle Eastern conflict. Jumhooree Party believes severing relations with friendly countries will further isolate the Maldives in the international sphere.

Maldivian foreign policy has implications for the whole region. Unsubstantiated policy reversals not only affect the Maldives adversely but also disturb the peace and stability of the region. Jumhooree Party believes this decision to severe diplomatic ties with Qatar is ad hoc and hasty without appropriate regard for its implications to the development of the Maldives or the region, and call on the Government to respect our right to self-determination and restore normal relations without delay.

ENDS

5 June 2017

 

 
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