Former President Maumoon welcomes Israeli passport ban decision

Former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom: the former head of state praised the current government for its decision to ban Israeli passports -- Sun Photo/ Fayaz Moosa

Former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom has praised the current government's decision to ban Israeli passports and arrivals.

In a post on X, the former president said he welcomes the decision much like the Maldivian citizens, and praised the government for its initiative.

Though not politically active, Maumoon continues to opine on matters of national and public importance. He is also a strong advocate against Israel's continued attacks on the Palestinian people.

Maldives government announced the decision to ban Israeli passports on Sunday following a cabinet meeting.

The Minister of Homeland Security Ali Ihusan, while speaking at a President's Office press conference on the same day, said the state would move forward with amending the relevant laws to ensure a ban on Israeli arrivals.

The cabinet appointed a special subcommittee to oversee the efforts, which include;

  • Ali Ihusan - Minister of Homeland Security
  • Dr. Mohamed Shaheem Ali Saeed - Islamic Affairs Minister
  • Ahmed Usham - Attorney General
  • Mohamed Saeed - Economic Minister
  • Ibrahim Faisal - Tourism Minister
  • Moosa Zameer - Foreign Minister

Meanwhile, members of the public had gathered in front of the President's Office on Sunday protesting for an immediate ban on Israeli passports as well.

Since October 07th, 2023, the continued attacks led by Israeli military have claimed the lives of over 36,000 Palestinians, many of whom were women and children.