Aminath Shauna, a policy advisor at the President’s Office who criticized the previous administration for strengthening ties and accepting financial assistance from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is accompanying foreign Minister Abdullah Shahid to Saudi Arabia at the moment.
The foreign minister is in the oil-rich kingdom to ask for financial assistance on behalf of President Ibrahim Mohammed Solih. Aminath Shauna was with the minister in meetings with high ranking officials of the Saudi government.
In the past, Aminath Shauna accused the Saudi royal family of ‘irregularly’ financing President Yameen. She also led a campaign on social media against the visit of King Salam Bin Abdul Azeez. The king cancelled the visit to the Maldives in the last-minute citing security concerns. However, it is believed that he cancelled the visit due to the negative campaigns conducted by the then opposition MDP.
While MDP was in the opposition, MDP was highly critical of Maldives-China and Maldives-Saudi relations. However, President Solih’s first visit abroad was to Saudi Arabia. He is yet to visit China, but his administration indicated that they intend to continue economic cooperation with China as well.
Below are some tweets by Aminath Shauna in the past.
When the world says no to return of authoritarianism in the #Maldives, the govt turns to Saudi Arabia and China
— Shauna Aminath 🎈❓ (@anuahsa) March 22, 2015
Our schools must encourage students to learn multiple languages. But, this is something else – looks more like Saudi-Arabisation! https://t.co/qvZtBD8EIS
— Shauna Aminath 🎈❓ (@anuahsa) February 14, 2017
— Shauna Aminath 🎈❓ (@anuahsa) June 5, 2017