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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)

  • Modi, Trump shared Maldives concern over call

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    The two heavyweights, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday shared the pain about the crisis in Maldives.

    "Both leaders expressed concern about the political crisis in Maldives and the importance of respect for democratic institutions and rule of law," read a press statement released by the White House Office.

    President Abdulla Yameen has refused to follow country's Supreme Court's order, directing him to release political opponents, and declared a state of emergency results the political turmoil in the Maldives.

    The leaders iterated their commitment to support Afghanistan too.

    "Affirming President Trump's South Asia strategy, they reiterated their commitment to supporting Afghanistan's security and stability," said the statement.

    The leaders also exchanged views on Burma and ways to address the plight of the Rohingya refugees, who are in the process of getting repatriated to Myanmar.

    Many nations have called for safe and involuntary repatriation of 7 lakh Rohingyas, who have taken refuge in Bangladesh.

    President Trump and Prime Minister Modi also discussed Korean peninsula and exchanged views on denuclearisation of North Korea, according to the statement.

    The leaders also agreed to strengthen security and economic cooperation as they look forward to the 2+2 ministerial dialogue between their defense and diplomatic officials in April.

    (With agency inputs)