Amid political crisis, Maldives sends envoys to ‘friendly’ nations, India excluded


Male: Maldives President Abdulla Yameen on Wednesday decided to reach out to friendly nations amid power struggle at home and announced envoys’ visit to three countries – China, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia
An announcement by Yameen’s office said that Members of the Administration’s Cabinet will visit “friendly nations of the Maldives” and “provide updates on the current situation”.
The announcement came hours after China warned against any external intervention in the island nation. The statement was apparently aimed at New Delhi that had received multiple appeals from Maldives’ Opposition leaders seeking Indian military intervention to release judges and political detainees.
“The international community should play a constructive role on the basis of respecting the sovereignty of the Maldives rather than take actions that may further complicate the situation,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said without mentioning India.
Former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed had on Tuesday asked India on to send an “envoy, backed by its military” to free two Supreme Court judges and former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, who were detained on the orders of Yameen. “We request a physical presence,” he had said.
India’s only statement issued on Tuesday called the government’s refusal to abide by the Supreme Court and the imposition of emergency “disturbing”.