India is in touch with its “key partners” regarding the situation in the Maldives, Minister of State for External Affiars of India, V.K. Singh has said.
In response to a question posed by Rajya Sabha, the upper house of India’s parliament, Singh said that India “keeps a constant watch on all developments (in the Maldives) having a bearing on India’s security”. He also said that Indian government is monitoring the Maldives' political situation as well.
Rajya Sabha asked the minister whether the growing friendship between the Maldives and China, and “socio-political clout of Islamic radicals” in the Maldives could jeopardize India’s interests in the region.
“The government has been closely monitoring the evolving situation in Maldives. As a close and friendly neighbor, India wishes to see a stable, peaceful and prosperous Maldives that meets the aspirations of the Maldivian people,” Singh said in his response.
He said that India was in touch with its “key partners”, including the United States, to monitor the situation.
India had called on the Maldivian government to end the state of emergency declared on February 5 by the Yameen administration after refusing to comply with a Supreme Court ruling to free nine high-profile political prisoners including former president Mohamed Nasheed, former vice president Ahmed Adeeb and former defence minister Mohamed Nazim.
The neighbouring country expressed dismay after the Yameen administration refused to listen and extended the state of emergency.
As a result, India rejected Yameen administration’s proposal to send foreign minister Moahmed Asim as a special envoy for discussions. Since then, India and Maldives have not held high level discussions regarding the situation.
Later the foreign ministry issued a statement calling on the Indian government to opt for dialogue rather than public statements which it said “ignore the facts and ground realities” regarding the situation in the Maldives.