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Speaker Mohamed Nasheed: Chinese loans are a debt trap, moratorium on repayment still not offered.

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Former President and current Speaker of the Parliament Mohamed Nasheed has stated that China has still not offered a moratorium on the repayment of loans taken by the Government of Maldives. Speaker Mohamed Nasheed who is also the President of the ruling party MDP made the statement while speaking to the Indian News Channel “WION”.

Speaker Mohamed Nasheed stated that China has still not offered moratorium on the repayment of the loans taken by the previous administration. He stated that even amidst the current hardships brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, China is still working on getting repayment for the loans it issued to the Maldives, and that the amount owed by the Government of Maldives is “big”.

He continued on to allege that the current administration faces challenges in repaying the loans taken from China.

Speaker Mohamed Nasheed, who has close ties to India has been vocally critical of the China-Maldives relations, calling their loans a “debt trap” and alleging that China will take over the shares of the State-Owned Enterprises if the government fails to repay the loans. However, on 27th October 2020 Speaker Mohamed Nasheed stated within the Parliament Chambers that China will not seize state assets even if the current administration fails to repay the loans.

He has also falsely alleged that China has taken control of 16 islands in the Maldives. While these claims have been repeatedly debunked, Speaker Mohamed Nasheed continues to allege that the Chinese loans are a “debt trap”.

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Climate Change Envoy Sabra Ibrahim Noordeen meets with SACEP Director General and French Ambassador.

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The Maldivian Special Envoy for Climate Change, Sabra Ibrahim Noordeen has met with the Director General of the South Asia Cooperative Environment Program (SACEP), Ambassador M. Ashraf Haidari.

Ambassador M. Ashraf Haidari who is also the Ambassador of Afghanistan to Sri Lanka was joined by the Maldives high Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Omar Abdul Razzak.

According to SACEP, the Maldives Special Envoy for Climate Change Sabra Ibrahim Noordeen discussed the climate priorities of President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih ahead of the COP26 scheduled to be held in Glasgow, Scotland later this year.

At the meeting, Director General Ambassador M. Ashraf Haidari briefed the envoy on the mission, projects and programs by SACEP. He also highlighted on SACEP’s efforts to coordinate climate policy formulation across the membership countries and on implementing its across the region.

Director General Ambassador M. Ashraf Haidari continued on to state that “We at SACEP stand ready to support Maldives however we can, as President Solih leads the way in helping his country adapt to the adverse effects of climate change. As I said in a recent interview, fighting climate change can’t be done by one country or one region alone but by the whole world.”.

The Special Envoy for Climate Change Sabra Ibrahim Nooradeen and the Maldivian High Commissioner for Sri Lanka Omar Abdul Razzak also met with the French Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives Eric Lavertu.

The French Ambassador tweeted stating that he had a fruitful discussion with the Climate Change Envoy Sabra Ibrahim Noordeen and shares the concerns and challenges faced by the islanders in , Polynesia, Caribbean and the islanders in the Indian Ocean.

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Fire incident reported again at the Villimalé State Care Shelter.

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A fire incident has been reported at the Villimalé State Care Shelter. This is the third such fire to break out at the shelter within the past two months.

According to the Maldives National Defence Force (MND), a fire was reported from the fourth floor of the Villimalé State Care Shelter. MNDF Fire and Rescue Service has put out the fire while no injuries have been reported in relation to the fire.

However, substantial damage was reported to the room where the fire had broken out at around 06:03 am. At this point it is unclear how the fire started but with the previous fire at the Villimalé State Care Shelter, Ministry of Gender and Family stated that it was an act of arson by some of the children at the shelter.

The Villimalé State Care Shelter currently only houses children who are above the age of 13 and under the care of the state.

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U.S. Ambassador to the Maldives Alaina B. Teplitz praises painting by Maldivian artist Shimha.

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Painting by Shimha Shakyb.

In a tweet made by the U.S. Ambassador today, Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz stated that she was stunned by the painting by local Maldivian artists Shimha.

Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz further stated that she was amazed by the “vision and skill” of Maldivian artists every time she visits the Maldives. She also stated that she was glad that a younger generation is working on keeping the creative traditions alive.

Known for her distinctive water painting depicting scenes from outside the Greater Malé Area, Shimha’s artworks sparks reminiscence and nostalgia on the island life, culture and history Maldivians enjoyed prior to urbanization.

For more of her artworks visit her official Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/art_by_shimha/

For those interested in purchasing her artwork, visit: https://www.etsy.com/shop/aquareldesign

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