Maldives deny Saudi islands sale as anti-Riyadh protests grow – The New Arab

[Image: Aerial view of Maldives.]

Protests are growing in the Maldives after reports emerged that the government has agreed to sell a number of islands to Saudi Arabia.

The Maldives has denied it has sold a small group of islands to Saudi Arabia, after growing anti-Riyadh protests in the Indian Ocean island state.

Male’s main opposition group the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) have led protests against the decision and accused President Abdulla Yameen of ceding control of the inhabited atoll of Faafu to Saudi Arabia.

It comes days ahead of a planned visit by Saudi King Salman to the Muslim-majority country.

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