Maldives learns from Indian democracy: Nasheed

The Friendship Association of India-Maldives launched its website on January 26 to honour India`s Republic Day.

Updated: Jan 28, 2012, 13:09 PM IST

Male: Maldives has learnt its "lessons from the Indian experience", said President Mohamed Nasheed as the Indian envoy here described the country as "perhaps one of India`s closest partners".

President Nasheed said his country would "continue to get aspirations and lessons from the Indian experience".

He said consolidation of democracy, including establishing a rule of law and an independent judiciary, is "our biggest and most important project".

Addressing a gathering, the President lauded the Indian "people, its government and its institutions for the very necessary and good assistance they continue to give to the Maldives in our work to become a democratic society".

"Very often we have to invent, and invent out of the box," a communiqué quoted him as saying.

The Friendship Association of India-Maldives (FAIM) launched its website on January 26 to honour India`s Republic Day and pledged new opportunities for cross-cultural dialogue.

Indian High Commissioner and FAIM patron Dynaneshwar Mulay affirmed close ties between the two nations.

"The Maldives is perhaps one of India`s closest partners. The Indian High Commission will always be there to help the Maldives."

Highlighting India`s artistic traditions, FAIM personnel expressed a strong interest in supporting arts in the Maldives.

"The Maldives has very little internal support for the arts," said a FAIM official.

"We would really like to see what we can provide," he added.

India and the Maldives enjoy close partnerships in education, technology and transportation development. India recently passed a regulation allowing Maldivians visa-free entry for 30 days.

IANS