Https, May 20 -- Speaker of the Maldivian Parliament Mohamed Nasheed has called on larger nations to open their borders for small island nations.

Nasheed stated that this was the time for larger and richer nations to assist other countries.

Speaking in a tourism webinar of Commonwealth Enterprises and Investment Council today, Nasheed stated that 80 percent of the citizen's lives in small island nations depended on the tourism and travel industry.

He stated that it was not a solution for larger and richer nations to harshly close off their borders to smaller nations. He called to repeal the restrictive measures on travel across the world that have seen borders of nations close is due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"This is the time for ric...