UAE issues travel warning to travelers headed to the Maldives

This file photo taken on August 17, 2007 shows the Coco Palm resort on Boduhithi Island in the Maldives. (AFP)
Updated 14 February 2018
0

UAE issues travel warning to travelers headed to the Maldives

DUBAI: The UAE’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a travel warning on Wednesday advising its citizens planning to visit the Maldives to take precautions.
The advisory, posted on the ministry’s official Twitter account, comes as political instability continues in the small island nation.
Political turmoil has swept the Maldives since a surprise court ruling in January that ordered the release of jailed opposition leaders, including many of President Yameen Abdul Gayoom’s main political rivals.
The ruling has led to a tense standoff between President Yameen Abdul Gayoom and the Supreme Court, with protests spilling into the streets of the capital, Male, and soldiers in riot gear deployed to the parliament building to stop lawmakers from meeting.
The UN and many foreign governments including the United States, Britain and India have expressed concern over the state of emergency and have urged Yameen to respect the earlier court order.
Hours after the emergency was declared, security forces in riot gear stormed the Supreme Court building, arresting the two judges, including Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed. It was not immediately clear what charges they face, if any.
The Maldives is an archipelago of more than 1,000 islands with fewer than 400,000 citizens, more than one-third of them living in the crowded capital city. Tourism now dominates the economy, with wealthy foreigners flown to hyper-expensive resort islands.


Iran will not seek permission from any power to develop weapons: IRNA

Updated 15 min 10 sec ago
0

Iran will not seek permission from any power to develop weapons: IRNA

  • The chief of staff of Iran’s armed forces dismissed US demands for Tehran to curb its influence in the region

LONDON: The chief of staff of Iran’s armed forces dismissed on Wednesday US demands for Tehran to curb its influence in the region, and said it would not seek permission from any country to develop defense capabilities.
“Iranian armed forces are now, thanks to God, more prepared than ever and will not wait for the permission or approval of any power to develop defense capabilities,” Major General Mohammad Bagheri was quoted as saying by the state news agency IRNA.