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India concerned over Maldives turmoil

Posted on Nov 17, 10:49AM | IBNS

India on Friday voiced concern on reports related to the arrest of former Secretary General SAARC along with other members of the Majlis and anti-India demonstrations and statements by a section in Maldives.

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said, "India has maintained regular dialogue with Maldivian authorities. As a close and friendly neighbour, we are concerned at the continuing political instability in the country."

India stated that there is an urgent need for dialogue and reconciliation among all political parties in Maldives in a peaceful and democratic manner.

India urged the government of Maldives and all political parties to adhere strictly to democratic principles and the rule of law thus paving the way for the holding of free, fair and credible elections.

"Violence and coercive measures are not conducive to this end." the MEA asserted.

A senior official of the government of India visited Maldives recently and conveyed concerns in regard to recent developments in the country.

MEA stated that the situation is being monitored closely keeping in view the need to ensure safety and security of Indians in Maldives and Indian interests in that country.