New Delhi, March 24: Maldives ambassador to China Mohamed Faisal has called India a brother and said that China is like a long lost cousin found. “India is a brother. We are a family, we may quarrel and we may have arguments but in the end, we will sit down and resolve it,” the diplomat stated adding “China is like a long-lost cousin that we have found, a cousin who is willing to help us.”

Speaking to South China Morning Post, Faisal said that Maldives will further embrace Chinese investment but is aware it risks getting caught between China and India.

He further claimed that the Maldives has taken a number of projects to India for finance “but we did not receive the necessary finance”. On the other hand, China, which looks at Maldives as a major participant in its 21st century Maritime Silk Road plan in the Indian Ocean, has made heavy investments in the nation.

China has put up a defence of Maldives President Abdullah Yameen, stonewalling international pressure and enabling him to stay in power during the current crisis. The nation was plunged into chaos early last month when the Supreme Court called for the release of nine imprisoned opposition politicians. The government refused to implement the ruling and Yameen imposed a state of emergency.

(With inputs from PTI)