In a recent interview with Bloomberg TV, Dr. Mohamed Muizzu, the President-elect of the Republic of the Maldives, made a strong statement of support for the Palestinian cause, asserting that Maldives will provide unwavering support for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state, with Jerusalem as its capital.
Echoing sentiments that resonate with many nations globally, Dr. Muizzu declared, "Maldives will always stand with the Palestinian people." He further emphasized that the Palestinian people deserve the unequivocal right to establish their own independent state in line with the 1967 borders.
Everyone has the right to live a right to have a peaceful life. All the basic rights should be there whether it's Palestine or any place. That's what I'm saying. the right to establish a state. That's something we (Maldives) have always mentioned and it will be the same
Given the geopolitical sensitivities around the Palestinian-Israeli issue, the Bloomberg interviewer questioned Dr. Muizzu on the potential repercussions this stance might have concerning the growth of extremism in the Maldives. In a measured response, Dr. Muizzu delineated the global problem of extremism from the Palestinian issue, suggesting that they aren't intrinsically linked. The challenge of extremism exists in many countries, he said. "I don't think it is related to the Palestine-Israeli conflict."
The President-elect highlighted his proactive approach to tackling extremism in the Maldives. His plan involves community outreach and education, aiming to debunk extremist ideologies. "For me, reaching out to the people that has got a little bit extremist ideas is to bring them back to the main fold and to teach them, educate them about proper Islam"