Won't take adverse action, Maldives assures India


With former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed parked inside the Indian High Commission in Malé for the third consecutive day, Maldives Foreign Minister Abdul Samad Abdullah has assured External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid that Malé would not do anything that would adversely affect the atmosphere for a free and fair democratic process and rule of law in the island nation.

This assurance came at a time when there is a fear of Nasheed's arrest and possible retribution from the Maldivian government.

While Delhi has got this assurance from Malé , it is also hoping that Nasheed will realise that he has to go back to his people and deal with his domestic issues.

MEA's official spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin Friday rejected charges of interference levelled by Malé and said, "India has been working with the Maldives government and other relevant authorities in Maldives to strengthen the democratic framework in that country."

As part of its commitment to multi-party democracy, the MEA spokesperson said India has broad based contacts with "all political parties" and democratic institutions in Maldives "without interfering in the internal affairs" of that country.

India has already said that it would like to see free, fair, credible and inclusive elections leading up to a stable and peaceful Maldives. "India would be happy to work with the government and all political parties in the facilitation of this objective," Akbaruddin said.

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