Nasheed steps out of High Commission, India hopes he will resume activities

Delhi, Feb. 23 (ANI): The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Saturday confirmed that Mohamed Nasheed left the premises of the High Commission of India, Male, today and hoped that the former President of Maldives will resume his social and political life.

"Mohamed Nasheed, former President of Maldives, had left the premises of the High Commission of India at 4.15 p.m. today. It will be recalled that the former President had entered the Indian Mission in Male on February 13, 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," said MEA official spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin.

"The visiting Indian delegation led by 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 Dearin these efforts," he added.

Akbaruddin 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," he added.

Akbaruddin further said External Affairs Minister 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 added.

The External Affairs Minister had earlier this month said that India is in touch with the Maldives government and is eager to find an early end to the Maldivian crisis after the former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed, sought refuge at the Indian High Commission in Male fearing arrest.

Mohamed Nasheed entered the High Commission of India on February 13 when an arrest warrant was issued after he failed to attend the court for what he called a politically motivated trial aimed at disqualifying him from participating in the presidential election slated for September 7. (ANI)

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