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India hopes Nasheed to resume political life

Posted on Feb 23, 06:54PM | IBNS

New Delhi/Male, Feb 23 : India on Saturday said the country hopes former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed, who left the Indian High Commission in Male, will be able to resume his social and political life.

Days after taking refuge in the Indian High Commission, Nasheed left the embassy on Saturday.

"Mr. Mohamed Nasheed, former President of Maldives, had left the premises of the High Commission of India, Male at 1615 hrs (IST) today," said MEA official spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin.

"It will be recalled that the former President had entered the Indian Mission in Male on 13 February 2013 on his own volition and had similarly decided to leave on his own. It is hoped that with this development the former President will again resume his social and political life," he said.

"The visiting Indian delegation led by Shri Harsh Vardhan Shringla, Joint Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs and the High Commissioner of India to Maldives had held a series of meeting with the officials of the Government of Maldives and other stake holders in this context. The Government of India wishes to thank all those who have cooperated in these efforts," he said.

He said India has been working closely with the government and other relevant stakeholders in Maldives to strengthen the democratic framework of the country.

"India has maintained broad based contacts with all political parties and democratic institutions in Maldives without interfering in its internal affairs. The Government of India urges all parties to maintain peace and calm and hopes to continue its positive engagement in the spirit of the close and friendly relations between the two countries," Akbaruddin said.

"The Minister of External Affairs Shri Salman Khurshid has conveyed to his Maldivian counterpart that India has traditional and age old ties of friendship and cooperation with Maldives.

"India would be happy to support all efforts to create favourable conditions for free, fair, credible and inclusive Presidential elections in September 2013 that can contribute to durable peace, stability and prosperity in Maldives and the region," he said.

Nasheed made the move of taking refuge inside Indian High Commission building after a Maldivian court issued an arrest warrant against him following his failure to attend a court hearing on Feb 10 in connection to the detention of Criminal Court Chief Judge Abdullah Mohamed last year.

Nasheed on Feb 7 last year resigned after public protests disrupted the island nation for weeks over his order to arrest Mohamed.