Mohamed Nasheed: Military intervention will complicate Male crisis

Feb 08, 2018, 08:43 IST | Agencies

China on Wednesday warned against any military intervention in the Maldives, saying such a move would further complicate the situation, amid repeated calls for India's military intervention by exiled former Maldivian president Mohamed Nasheed

Former Maldivian president Mohamed Nasheed. File pic/AFP
Former Maldivian president Mohamed Nasheed. File pic/AFP

China on Wednesday warned against any military intervention in the Maldives, saying such a move would further complicate the situation, amid repeated calls for India's military intervention by exiled former Maldivian president Mohamed Nasheed to resolve the political crisis.

The Indian Ocean archipelago plunged into a political chaos last week when the country's SC ordered the release of nine high-profile political prisoners, including Nasheed, maintaining that their trials were "politically motivated and flawed". Nasheed, who is currently in exile in Sri Lanka, had tweeted on Tuesday that India should send an envoy, backed by its military, to release judges and leaders of political parties detained by President Abdulla Yameen.

When asked to comment on Nasheed's call to India, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said the international community should "play a constructive role on the basis of respecting the Maldives sovereignty instead of taking measures that could complicate the current situation."

Nasheed asks India to play role of 'liberators'
Exiled former President Mohamed Nasheed on Wednesday asked India to play its role of "liberators" and intervene militarily to resolve the ongoing political turmoil in Maldives, in a rebuke to China, which has opposed military intervention and called for dialogue to resolve the crisis.

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