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2nd round of Maldives-India Consular Talks begins; focus on issues faced by Indian migrants

The 2nd round of Maldives-India Consular Talks which began in the Maldives this Tuesday will focus on finding solutions to issues faced by Indian migrant workers, says Maldivian Foreign Minister.

Opening the 2nd round of Consular Talks, Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid said the two governments are working on taking its long-standing ties to a whole new level.

“There are thousands of Indian nationals in the Maldives. We and our economy enjoy their contribution. We will discuss solutions to the issues they face in the Maldives,” said Shahid.

Shahid said the two governments will also discuss solutions to issues faced by Maldivian nationals in India, especially visa-related issues.

Easier access to visa was also one of the topics under discussion during Shahid’s visit to India in November. The minister has announced a new visa agreement will be signed during President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih’s visit to India next week.

The opening of the 2nd round of Maldives-India Consular Talks at Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Maldives on December 11, 2018. (Sun Photo)

At the opening of the 2nd round of Consular Talks this Tuesday, Indian Ambassador Akhilesh Mishra stressed the long-standing close bilateral ties between Maldives and India and said the talks were crucial to furthering the ties.

“India will always be here for the Maldives. The Maldives is special to India,” said Mishra.

The Indian delegation which arrived in the Maldives last Monday for the talks is headed by the Joint-Secretary at the Ministry of External Affairs of India, Amit Narang.

The 1st round of Maldives-India Consular Talks was held in New Delhi, India, on October 24, 2017.

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The Maldives Foreign Minister should ensure Indian workers are treated with respect and dignity. No retention of passports by employers, no job advertisements stipulating ‘Indians need not apply’. After all you are not an educated or skilled people, apart from being skilled fishermen, and you need our doctors, engineers, technicians and IT professionals more than we need your medical patients and students.
Religious restrictions imposed on hindu workers by your ridiculous and discriminatory ‘100% muslim’ rules must also be removed quickly. This is the twenty first century not seventh century Arabia.


You don’t have right to insult anyone… India is not the only country where Maldives can get the doctors every other country is producing doctors. Talking about the 21st century why muslims Indian Nationals are killed over COW meat ?? How come you didn’t find this “ridiculous and discriminatory.”


No I do not find the attacks on Indian muslims ‘ridiculous and discriminatory’ over cow meat but I do not condone the violence and lynching. How would you like it if non muslims slaughtered and ate pigs in Maldives? India is NOT A MUSLIM COUNTRY (thank God!) with a hindu population in excess of 80%. Indian muslims should repect the religious beliefs of hindus. There are many other animals they can eat. India affords them freedom from many of the dumb restrictions they would face in muslim countries. If they cannot survive without eating cows, they should relocate to a… Read more »