Maldives summons Indian envoy

Maldives on Sunday summoned Indian High Commissioner D M Mulay here and lodged a protest after former President Mohamed Nasheed remained holed up at the Indian mission for the fifth day even as External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid spoke to his counterpart to resolve the crisis.

"He (Mulay) was summoned to the Foreign Ministry and a protest note was handed over to him," Masood Imad, President Mohammed Waheed's Press Secretary, told PTI.

Imad said he was not aware of the contents of the protest letter but he "believes" that it was in connection with Nasheed seeking refuge in the High Commission. "Nasheed was absconding the law," he added.

Mulay was summoned on a day when Maldivian President Mohamed Waheed said he was "dismayed" that his predecessor sought refuge in the Indian High Commission when he was summoned to the court.

Local media reports said this is the first time that a High Commissioner has been summoned by the Maldivian Foreign Ministry.

Khurshid, who is on an official two-day visit to Bangladesh, called up Maldives Foreign Minister Abdul Samad Abdullah from Dhaka, official sources said in Dhaka.

It is for the second time in four days that Khurshid spoke to Samad. The details of the conversation were not immediately available.

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