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Meenakashi Lekhi on Maldives-India diplomatic row

Union MoS for Exterior Affairs Meenakashi Lekhi

Amid a diplomatic row between India and Maldives over disparaging remarks made by Maldivian ministers after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s go to to Lakshadweep, Union MoS for Exterior Affairs Meenakashi Lekhi on Monday stated that India has a range of locations to go to and folks of the nation ought to assist India turn out to be a self-reliant nation by selecting seashores, forests and mountains for holidays within the nation in order that the companies of our fellow Indians develop.

Chatting with reporters in UP’s Amroha, she stated, “…India has a diversity of places where one can visit – right from coastal areas like Lakshadweep to mountains like Leh-Ladakh, to dense forests, and even world-class hotels. Help India become a self-reliant nation so that the business of fellow Indians grows and together, we make our country a developed one.”

The federal government of the Maldives suspended three of its deputy ministers on Sunday after they criticised PM Modi for his submit on X following his go to to Lakshadweep, inferring that it was an try and mission the Union Territory as a substitute vacationer vacation spot to the Maldives.

Maldives is a journey hotspot for Indians, with greater than two lakh of them visiting it yearly after the COVID-19 pandemic.

In line with the Maldives tourism ministry statistics, greater than 2.09 lakh Indians visited the island nation in 2023. The quantity was greater than 2.4 lakh in 2022 whereas over 2.11 lakh Indians flew to the Maldives in 2021.

After the row, there have been posts on social media claiming that some Indians are cancelling their scheduled journeys to the Maldives. Hashtag “Boycott Maldives” was additionally trending on social media.

EaseMyTrip on Monday stated it has suspended all flight bookings to the island nation on its web site “in solidarity” with India.

The Maldivian international ministry stated the federal government is conscious of “derogatory remarks” made on social media platforms towards international leaders and that the non-public views don’t symbolize the nation’s place.

Amid the row, many distinguished personalities, similar to cine stars Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar and cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar, appealed to folks on Sunday to discover “Indian islands” and coastal locations.

Located in the midst of the Indian Ocean, the Maldives is dwelling to almost 1,200 tiny coral islands that stretch alongside a size of 871 kilometres.

With inputs from businesses

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