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Here To Ask India For An Immediate $ 250-350 Million To Tide Over Crisis, Maldives' Foreign Minister

Maldives President Ibrahim Solih is likely to make his first overseas trip in office to India on the first anniversary of his swearing-in on December 17. Deals on immediate economic assistance to tide over a potential Chinese debt crisis, Dornier aircraft being gifted are being worked out. On his first visit as current Foreign Minister, Abdulla Shahid tells SNI’s Associate Editor an estimated $ 3.2 billion in Chinese debt has to worked out, the Free Trade Agreement could be reviewed and India’s helicopters are not a backdoor entry for the military. He added, the Maldives will not get entangled in International tension in the Indian ocean, a Chinese port is out of the question and Male’ will choose New Delhi’s gift of a Dornier over a loan for the aircraft that Pakistan has offered.