Earlier in December last year, Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom had reaffirmed that India was the nation's closest friend and ally.
"While appealing for restraint in criticism and asking to not engage in negativity towards India, especially in the media, President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom reaffirmed that India is the Maldives' closest friend and ally," the President's office had said, in a statement.
While highlighting that Indian assistance formed an invaluable contribution to the Maldives, President Yameen had said his administration would never entertain negative sentiments towards India.
He had further said the government was currently working towards a free trade agreement between the Maldives and India. (ANI)