Maldives crisis: Amidst the state of emergency and crisis prevailing in the Maldives, a meeting has taken place between Indian Ambassador and Foreign Secretary of the island nation. It has been learnt that the official meeting between the two dignitaries solely focused on “position and concerns” of both the countries. Both Akhilesh Mishra and Foreign Secretary Ahmed Sareer have underlined their “commitment to strengthen” relations between the Maldives and India, according to Indian Express report. According to reports, Maldivian Foreign Secretary has conveyed to the Indian Ambassador that arrested former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, who was detained, chief justice Abdulla Saeed and another judge, Ali Hameed, who were arrested, are all in “good health”.
Apart from these, Indian envoy was told that Gayoom has been shifted to Maafushi prison from the Dhoonidhoo detention centre. The Foreign Secretary has also asserted that detained and arrested dignitaries were treated well in the letter and spirit of the law. The meeting was reportedly “frank and candid”.
Notably, the meeting comes days after India reportedly declined to host Maldives foreign minister whom President Abdulla Yameen wanted to send as special envoy. The Maldives’ envoy claimed that India had then cited unavailability of “suitable” dates. Indian officials have alleged that Maldives has not paid any heed to its concerns and did not take any “real action”.
Since Maldives’ first democratically-elected President Mohamed Nasheed was forced to step down in 2012, the island country has been thrown into a political crisis. Chaos hit Maldives once again last week when the top court ordered the release of jailed politicos stating that trials were done under political motivation. However, President Yameen did not follow court orders and instead declared a state of emergency in the country.
Subsequently, Maldives’ Supreme Court Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed and another judge, Ali Hameed, were arrested. Former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom was also detained.
So far, International community has expressed concerns while asking the Yameen government to restore the constitutionally guaranteed rights of the people and institutions.