Foreign Ministry of Maldives has issued a press release declaring that the EU resolution against Maldives is highly motivated by one-sided political rhetoric and contains inaccuracies, contradictions, misrepresentations and baseless allegations and aimed at undermining the Constitution of the Maldives.
In this press release, the Foreign Ministry has said that the government of Maldives categorically rejects this biased and non-binding resolution on the Maldives adopted by the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Thursday.
The statement also mentioned that it is unfortunate that European Parliament has adopted such a resolution with complete disregard to the considerable gains made by the Government of Maldives in terms of socio-economic development, consolidating democracy and upholding the rule of law, over the past few years.
“It is also difficult to comprehend the motive and the timing of such a resolution at a time when the Government of Maldives is preparing to welcome a European Parliament delegation in a few weeks’ time, where they could have had the opportunity to assess the situation on the ground and adopt a fair and balanced resolution.”
The statement assured that the Government of Maldives will continue to work closely with the European Union, especially with the European Commission and that the Government takes note of the statement given by the European External Action Service (EEAS) at the European Parliament today, and concurs with the view that the way forward is positive engagement on issues of mutual concern.
Foreign Ministry’s statement also said that the Government of Maldives wishes to take this opportunity to reiterate its call for all political parties to engage with the Government through constructive dialogue with a view to ensure the hopes and aspirations of the Maldivian people for a better future. In this regard, the Government calls on the European Union to encourage all political parties and stakeholders in the Maldives to enter into dialogue with the Government.