The Maldivian Embassy here on Thursday denied that its President Abdulla Yameen had sent special envoys to “friendly” China, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia and not to India to explain the political crisis in his country. “A section of the Indian media has brought out news items stating that special envoy of the President has bypassed India,” the embassy said in a statement. “This is far from truth. The first stop of the special envoy of the President was India. “Foreign Minister of Maldives Mohamed Asim, the designated special envoy of the President, was scheduled (on) February 8 to visit India but the visit was cancelled at the request of the government of India.” According to the statement, Male was told the date was not suitable for India’s leadership and that it was “grossly misleading” to say the Maldivian government was bypassing India.
On Wednesday, President Yameen said he was sending envoys to three “friendly nations” — China, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. His office said the “friendly nations” would be provided “updates on the current situation”. Amid a political turmoil, Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen has said he was sending envoys to three “friendly nations” — China, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. India is not on the list. A statement from the President’s office said the three envoys would visit “friendly nations … and provide updates on the current situation”. The envoys have already reached China and Pakistan, it said.
The announcement came after China, with apparent reference to India, on Wednesday cautioned against outside interference in the Maldivian affairs, saying it would “complicate” the situation. New Delhi received multiple appeals from the country’s exiled former President Mohamed Nasheed in the last few days to intervene to resolve the deepening political crisis. He said on Wednesday that his countrymen viewed New Delhi’s role “positively” during the 1988 crisis when India were “not occupiers but liberators”. Indian troops then sailed into the Maldives and saved then President Maumoon Gayoom from being toppled. India has now said it was “disturbed” by the situation in the Maldives.