Muizzu returns to Maldives after Singapore trip

President-elect Dr. Mohamed Muizzu gives interview to Bloomberg. (Photo/Bloomberg)

President Elect Dr. Mohamed Muizzu has returned to Maldives after a visit to Singapore.

Spokesperson of the President Elect Firuzul Abdulla Khaleel told Sun that the visit to Singapore was in an unofficial capacity, and therefore, did not disclose any further details.

He departed for Singapore last Monday night.

Muizzu, who is set to take office on November 17, has yet to announce where he plans to make his first official visit to.

Traditionally, the first official trip to a bilateral partner has always been to India.

Muizzu, who built his presidential campaign on the promise of expelling Indian military personnel from the Maldives, has been described in international media as a “pro-China” politician. He has dismissed the claims, portraying himself as “pro-Maldives” instead.

In a recent interview to Reuters, Muizzu said that though he intends to hold frank and detailed diplomatic consultations with India to work out details of sending back military personnel from the Maldives as soon as possible, he would make it a priority to ensure that Maldives relations with India thrive.

He has stated that his administration will foster close relations with all countries that respect Maldives’ independence and sovereignty.