Maldives dismisses claims Saudi Arabia buying atoll
BY: latheef, 11 Mar 2017
RIYADH: The Maldives Embassy in Riyadh has dismissed as unfounded widely circulated allegations that the Kingdom is buying an island or atoll in the South Asian country.
The Saudi Embassy in the Maldives also issued a press release dismissing the allegations, saying the Kingdom has no intention of investing in or buying an island or atoll in the Maldives, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported Friday.
The Maldives Embassy said: “No atolls are being sold, and the administration reasserts its point ... that any development of Faafu Atoll is part of a wider, multifaceted program to finance a major, multibillion dollar investment project encompassing mixed development.”
The embassy added that the administration “categorically rebuts allegations that the atoll has been ‘sold off’ to a foreign entity.”
Saudi Embassy, in the Maldives, Dismisses, Widely Circulated Allegations of the Kingdom Buying an Island, Atoll, in the Country, as Baseless, Unfounded
Malé, the Maldives, Jumada II 10, 1438, Mar 9, 2017,
SPA -- Saudi embassy, in the Republic of the Maldives issued a press release here today, dismissing widely circulated baseless and unfounded allegations that recklessly claim buying of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia of an island, islands or an atoll.
Refuting these fabricated items, the press release said that: In recent weeks, the embassy - of Saudi Arabia - has become aware of a number of press reports and statements made, which states that the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has bought or is trying to buy an island or/and an atoll or to develop a mega project, on the Maldives' soil, the press release stated, adding that: Those information are not true, henceforth, the Government of the Kingdom of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia neither invest in such project nor has an intention doing so or buying a land/island or an atoll, in the Republic of Maldives.
It is disappointing that a number of baseless allegations are made and, widely, circulated and echoed without verifying their accuracy and the embassy confirms, anew, that it has never been contacted, in this regard, at all, the embassy concluded the statement.
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Courtesy Saudi Press Agency
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