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Maldives Plans to Forbid Entry to Israeli Passport Holders

Maldives' President Mohamed Muizzu. AFP
Maldives’ President Mohamed Muizzu. AFP

The Maldives government announced on Sunday that they are in the process of changing their country’s laws to forbid the entry of individuals who hold Israeli passports.

The statement from the president’s office revealed that the cabinet has decided to establish a subcommittee to implement the new regulations because of the current war in Gaza.

In addition to the new restrictions, President Mohamed Muizzu also indicated that he would appoint a special representative to establish a fundraising campaign to assist the Palestinians who live in the coastal enclave.

In response to the proposal, an Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Oren Marmorstein, suggested that citizens of the Jewish state, including those with other nationalities, should avoid travel to the Muslim-majority archipelago, and those who reside there should consider leaving.

In December, officials in Jerusalem issued a travel advisory for the country, citing pervasive anti-Israel sentiment.

Approximately 11,000 Israelis visited the republic last year.

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