The Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) is deeply saddened by the loss of Indian Serviceman following the terrorist attacks against the Indian Army last week. The MDP wishes to extend its sincere condolences to the people and Government of India.
Cross-border terrorism poses a great threat to the region and must immediately be stopped by all stakeholders. The MDP strongly feels Pakistan must combat and delegitimise terror groups in the region by unequivocally distancing itself from any and all such militant groups. The MDP believes that such a denouncement is a crucial precursor for a sustainable and peaceful solution to this regional crisis.
The MDP furthermore wishes to commend India for its continued restraint and measured response, which has prevented further escalation of tensions.
Terrorism poses a serious threat in South Asia. As a region, together, leaders of South Asian countries must combat terrorism to effectively uproot terrorist groups, influences and curb its growth in this region.
The MDP calls upon the Government of Maldives to constructively address the issue of terrorism in the Maldives by increased transparency through public listing of terrorist groups and launching of de-radicalisation programs immediately.
In light of the above, the MDP urges the Government of Maldives to refrain from participating in the upcoming SAARC Summit to be held in November in Pakistan.