Malé tore GMR airport pact despite calls from Khurshid
The Indian Express has learnt that Khurshid had “two long conversations” on Monday, during which he put forward the argument that it would be a catastrophic move for a country like Maldives, which was already reeling under pressure from the international financial crisis, to junk the GMR project, the single largest FDI in its history. He is also understood to have conveyed that the move would affect bilateral relations.
However, Abdullah took the line that the contract was being cancelled on “legal grounds”. That, however, did not cut much ice with the Indian side, which maintained that business ties should be handled in a “business-like manner”, and not in an arbitrary way. However, Khurshid’s arguments went unheeded.
It is learnt that New Delhi got wind of the proposed move when the Maldivian government over the weekend briefed envoys of all countries residing in Male, including the Indian High Commissioner, about its impending decision to rescind the contract.
Former Maldives president Mohammad Nasheed’s key aide, Ibrahim Hussein Zaki told The Indian Express over telephone from Colombo, “India has to step in to protect its interests. We are in touch with the Indian establishment about the decision.” He had met Khurshid and NSA Shivshanker Menon last week and assured
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