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Maldives, officially the Republic of Maldives, (and also referred to as the "Maldive Islands"), is an island nation in the Indian Ocean consisting of a double chain of twenty-six atolls, oriented north-south, that lie between Minicoy Island (the southernmost part of Lakshadweep, India) and the Chagos Archipelago. The chains stand in the Laccadive Sea, about 700 kilometres (430 mi) south-west of Sri Lanka and 400 kilometres (250 mi) south-west of India. The current president of the Maldives is Abdulla Yameen.

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The Maldives offers tremendous investment opportunities, especially in the hospitality sector as it has rapidly emerged as a destination of choice for international tourists
I can assure all Indians that Maldives will always be India's friend and we believe that we cannot find a better friend than India. India has always assisted us in times of stress and even in the future India will assist us in times of stress
While acknowledging that democracy and democratic institutions in the country need further strengthening, the administration remains committed to open engagement with the international community to further develop the young democracy in the Maldives

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  • History shows that it takes at least few generations to bring and sustain democratic change in a society. To achieve that we need support and encouragement, to light up the road ahead. But we definitely do not wish to be bullied as we climb uphill on this journey. All we are asking is to give the people of the Maldives the chance, the space, and to give us the privilege to work at our own pace, in our own way, facing our challenges, and learning from them.

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  • Set like shining jewels in a turquoise blue sea are the islands of dreamers, romantics and beach lovers. The Maldives are a destination synonymous with sun worship, tranquility, lazy days, good living, snorkeling in turquoise lagoons and diving to discover fascinating reefs. They epitomize all that one could imagine as paradise; a group of treasure islands ringed by glorious beaches, translucent warm waters and swaying coconut palms. As the tourism promotional headline declares, 'The Maldives are the sunny side of life.' But is this all?

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  • The people are confused. Nobody knows what is going on, except that there are these benchmarks we can see for ourselves. Now we are in limbo. Some people think voting should go on at 11 a.m., as scheduled.

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  • The Maldives offers tremendous investment opportunities, especially in the hospitality sector as it has rapidly emerged as a destination of choice for international tourists. Our aim is to develop Vadinolhu Island as a high-end resort with world-class facilities to promote it as a complete family destination. We have already designed a business proposal targeting potential investors to collaborate with us in the operation and management of the resort. We are confident of achieving an operating profit in the second year with the cash payback period at six years.

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  • Interviewer: The Maldives are currently at the head of the Alliance of Small Island States, which are directly impacted by the effects of climate change. What difficulties do these states face?
  • Abdullahi Majeed, the Maldives’ Minister of State for Environment & Energy: The Alliance of Small Island States has 44 members. Our main problem is that we are very small countries at very low altitudes. The average height of the Maldives is only 1.2 metres above sea level, so of course we are seriously threatened by rising sea levels! The Maldives are made up of 1200 islands, of which 200 are inhabited. Our geography is our main challenge. We are also often exposed to natural disasters, like the cyclone that recently hit Vanuatu. A tsunami, like the one that occurred in 2004, takes a few minutes to destroy everything; we spent ten years rebuilding. What is more, ten years ago the dry season lasted three months in the Maldives. Now it lasts for five months and causes water shortages, because drinking water on many of the small islands comes from rain water and wells. Right now, 53 islands are asking for water to be delivered from the capital. We have had to rent a cargo ship, fill it with water and send it out to supply the islands, some of which take two days to reach by boat. This is a costly exercise that we have been doing for almost ten years.

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  • I can assure all Indians that Maldives will always be India's friend and we believe that we cannot find a better friend than India. India has always assisted us in times of stress and even in the future India will assist us in times of stress.

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  • We are pleased with the state of predictions and we touched on matters of increasing bilateral trade in both countries [Malaysia and Maldives], as well as, looked at opportunities for Malaysian companies to continue participating in the development of Maldives.

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  • While acknowledging that democracy and democratic institutions in the country need further strengthening, the administration remains committed to open engagement with the international community to further develop the young democracy in the Maldives.

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  • The Republic of Maldives is well known not just for its beautiful coral atolls, but also for the rapid progress it has made in recent times, securing a position among middle-income nations in the developing world. Such development is reflected in its favourable human development indices. Despite the strides made by this island nation, it faces several challenges, including geo-physical vulnerabilities, problems of unbalanced population and resource distribution and such sociocultural issues as high divorce rates, rising juvenile delinquency and lifestyle related problems, including smoking and drug abuse.

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