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Maldives: Island country in the Indian Ocean southwest of India and Sri Lanka
Maldives, officially the Republic of Maldives, is a small archipelagic island country in South Asia, situated in the Arabian Sea of the Indian Ocean. It lies southwest of Sri Lanka and India, about 700 kilometres (430 mi) from the Asian continent's mainland. The chain of 26 atolls stretches from Ihavandhippolhu Atoll in the north to Addu Atoll in the south to the Equator. Comprising a territory spanning roughly 298 square kilometres (115 sq mi), the Maldives is one of the world's most geographically dispersed sovereign states as well as the smallest Asian country by land area and population, with around 515,696 inhabitants. Malé is the capital and the most populated city, traditionally called the "King's Island" where the ancient royal dynasties ruled for its central location.


Watch: India's Dornier aircraft lands in Maldives [Video]

Watch: India's Dornier aircraft lands in Maldives

The Dornier aircraft provided by the Indian Navy to the Maldives landed in the country on September 29. Aircraft will operate under the command of the MNDF (Maldives National Defence Force). It will..

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India has remained a great friend amid COVID-19 crisis: Maldives Foreign Minister [Video]

India has remained a great friend amid COVID-19 crisis: Maldives Foreign Minister

Maldives Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid spoke in Hindi and said that amid COVID-19, India has been supportive friend. "An epidemic (COVID) that forced us to close borders, but our friends proved that..

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