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  • It should not become an issue of fight: China on Maldives crisis

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    Chine on Friday said that they are talking to India to resolve the issue that is gripping in Maldives and was particular that Beijing doesn't want to make this an issue.

    Along with that, China is also maintaining that there should not be any external interference especially in the light of reports of India's special forces ready for deployment, Beijing is also in touch with New Delhi to resolve the crisis, Chinese official sources said.

    China is being specific about not to make Maldives an issue to rise, the sources told PTI in Beijingon Friday.

    The stand-off between India and China in the Doka La area and Beijing's opposition to declaring Pakistan-based Masood Azhar as a global terrorist at the UN had been major irritants in bilateral ties in the past.

    Answering a spate of questions on the Maldives, including Friday's telephonic conversation between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US president Donald Trump, in which the situation in the Maldives figured prominently, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said international community should respect sovereignty and independence of the Maldives.

    "The current situation in the Maldives is its internal affairs. It should be properly resolved through dialogue and consultations by all relevant parties," he said.

    Maldives President Abdulla Yameen sent his Economic Development Minister Mohamed Saeed to China but India said it did not find the dates "suitable" for the visit of Maldives' foreign minister as special envoy to New Delhi.

    The UN Security Council too met to discuss the Maldives situation. Ahead of the meeting, UN Assistant Secretary-General Miroslav Jenca reported to have informed the top UN body that while there were no reports of violent clashes, "the situation in the Maldives is tense and may deteriorate even further".

    (With Agency inputs)
  • Maldives emergency: India reacts rough on extension

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    India has today reacted strongly over the extension of emergency in Maldives,  saying Majlis’s stand on extension is a "matter of concern".

    Accepting President Abdulla Yameen's recommendation, the Maldivian Parliament (Majlis) yesterday extended the state of emergency by another 30 days, hours after India had asserted that it was important for island nation to quickly return to the path of democracy and the rule of law.

    "We are deeply dismayed that the government of Maldives has extended the State of Emergency for a further 30 days. The manner in which the extension of the State of Emergency was approved by the Majlis in contravention of the Constitution of Maldives is also a matter of concern," the external affairs ministry said in a statement.

    It further said that the consequent delay in the resumption of the political process and the continuing suspension of the functioning of democratic institutions including the judiciary is likely to further delay restoration of normalcy in Maldives.

    (With agency inputs)

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  • Maldives excludes India from 'friendly nations' amid crisis

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    While excluding India for not supporting amid crises, Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen on Wednesday sent his special envoys to three 'friendly nations'- China, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.

    “On the direction of President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, members of the administration's cabinet will visit these three countries, friendly nations of the Maldives and will share current scenario,” Yameen's Presidential Office said in a statement.

    The envoys would travel to China, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, said the announcement from the President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom’s office, which came hours after Chinese foreign ministry warned India against military intervention in the island nation and appealed to the international community to “play a constructive role on the basis of respecting the Maldives sovereignty."

    Both Saudi Arabia and China are wooing the atolls with an aim of “gaining concessions for military bases”.

    “China sees the islands as a node in its “string of pearls” – a row of ports on key trade and oil routes linking the Middle Kingdom to the Middle East – while for Saudi Arabia, the atolls have the added advantage of lying a straight three-hour shot from the coast of regional rival and arch-foe, Iran, reported SCMP.

    “Saudi Arabia, to lay the ground for the investment, has in recent years funded religious institutions in the Maldives and offered scholarships for students wanting to pursue religious studies at the kingdom’s ultra-conservative universities in the holy cities of Mecca and Medina. The funding has pushed the Maldives, a popular high-end tourist destination, towards greater intolerance and public piety. Public partying, mixed dancing and Western beach garb have become acceptable only within expensive tourist resorts.”

    Former Maldivian president Mohamed Nasheed, who was country’s first democratically elected President, had sought India’s military help to resolve the crisis in the island nation, which is placed under a state of emergency that gives sweeping powers to the law enforcement agencies and the military. India hasn’t responded to the request but issued a statement expressing worry over the government’s reluctance to abide by a Supreme court verdict. 

    Yameen has defied Supreme Court's order directing him to release former president Mohamed Nasheed and free political opponents from prison. The opposition and general public have been unrelentingly asking President Yameen to step down and allow a new leadership to take charge. 

    Instead, Mr Yameen imposed a state of emergency and ordered the arrest of two of the five judges along former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, who had sided with the main opposition.

    (With agency inputs)

  • Maldives’ top judges arrested amid political emergency

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    Maldives’ chief justice Abdulla Saeed and Ali Hameed were arrested today right after few hours when the government declared a state of emergency.

    There is no information about the investigation and any kind of charges on basis this act was conduct.

    It began to become an issue when the President Abdulla Yameen denied refused to comply with an order to release nine political dissidents.

    The oppositions have called the government moves a "purge" and there has been international condemnation.

    Maldives is a place which is structured of 26 coral atolls and 1,192 individual islands due to that, tourism is a vital part of its economy.

    (With agency inputs)