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Maldives warns India against interfering in its internal affairs

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February 23, 2018

The has warned against taking “any actions” that could hinder resolving the political crisis in the country, as expressed its deep dismay over the extension of emergency in the island nation.The in a statement late last night said takes note of the public statements issued by the that “ignore the facts and ground realities” with regard to the ongoing political developments in the It said that India’s assertion that the extension of the state of emergency for 30 days was unconstitutional is a clear “distortion of facts, which ignore the constitution and laws of the “”There is no doubt that the is experiencing one of the most difficult periods in the history of the nation.

It is therefore important that friends and partners in the international community, including India, refrain from any actions that could hinder resolving the situation facing the country,” it said.”The Government of reiterates its firm commitment to work closely with the international community, including India, to address the concerns they might have,” the statement said.Persisting with its displeasure over the extension of emergency in the Maldives, yesterday said it does not see a valid reason for the to do so and maintained that it continues to watch the situation in the island nation.has expressed “deep dismay” over the accepting Abdulla Yameen’s recommendation to extend the state of emergency by another 30 days in a manner dubbed as a “matter of concern”.On Tuesday, the extended the state of emergency by another 30 days, bolstering Yameen’s grip on power in the troubled island nation.Yameen had first declared emergency on February 5 after the ordered the release of a group of Opposition leaders, who had been convicted in widely criticised trials. Among them was exiled ex- The court said his 2015 trial had been unconstitutional.The state of emergency will now end on March 22.There has been international condemnation of the Maldivian government’s moves, including the imposition of the emergency.The US has also expressed disappointment over the development in the and asked Yameen to uphold the rule of law in the troubled island nation.Yameen has rejected an offer of mediation by UN (Agencies)

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