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Maldives sides with India over Kashmir move

Maldives government has announced that it considers the decision taken by the Government of India regarding abrogating Article 370 of the Indian Constitution as an internal matter.

The Indian government made the decision to repeal Article 370 of the Indian Constitution, which gave special status to Kashmir, allowing it to have a separate constitution, a state flag and autonomy over the internal administration of the state.

The decision has met with outrage, with many countries accusing the Indian government of attempting to reduce the Muslim population in Kashmir, and increasing Hindu influence in the region. The United Kingdom and the United States have voiced their disapproval on the matter, as the decision could lead to unrest in Kashmir and make it vulnerable to terrorist attacks.

The move is an attempt by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to establish India as a Hindu nation, it has been alleged.

However, a statement released by Maldives Foreign Ministry said the Maldivian government believes the decision to repeal Article 370 to be an internal matter of India.

'We believe that it is the right of every sovereign nation to amend their laws as required', read the statement.

Under Article 370, Kashmir and Jammu region were given special status, under which Indian citizens from other states could not purchase land or property, or apply for citizenship, and scholarships and employment opportunities announced by the Kashmir government.

When protests broke out with the decision to repeal the law, 10,000 troops were sent to Kashmir from India, and Muslim political leaders from Kashmir have been detained at unknown locations. Communication has been cut off in Kashmir, and the whole region is currently under control of Indian army.