Former president and leader opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), Mohamed Nasheed, is set to visit India next week, amid strained Indo-Maldives ties.
He will reportedly arrive in Bangalore on February 17, on a two-day visit to attend a literature festival organized by Indian newspaper, The Hindu.
It is not yet clear whether the opposition leader will visit New Delhi to meet with top government officials of India.
News of the trip comes just days after Nasheed requested India for military intervention to free detained justices of the Supreme Court and political prisoners including former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom.
Nasheed was among nine political prisoners the Supreme Court ordered to be released over a week ago. However, government refused to comply and declared state of emergency. President Abdulla Yameen said it was the only way to hold two justices of the Supreme Court accountable. Subsequently the two justices – Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed and Justice Ali Hameed – were arrested, and the court order was reversed.
Nasheed was serving a 13-year prison sentence on terrorism charges since 2015 when he travelled to the UK on medical release in early 2016. He later received political asylum from the UK government. Since then he has visited India once.
However, he frequently visits neighbouring Sri Lanka to meet with foreign diplomats and opposition figures from the Maldives.