Israeli Foreign Office: avoid visiting the Maldives

Israeli Foreign Office: avoid visiting the Maldives

Former Maldivian president and opposition leader tweeted on Tuesday that India should send a special envoy backed by its military to release judges and political leaders who have been imprisoned by President.

Former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom was arrested on charges, including attempting the overthrow of the government, and two Supreme Court judges, including the chief justice, have also been detained.

Under Modi, India has massively expanded its military-security alliance with the United States, mounted cross-border military raids in Pakistan and Myanmar, and engaged in a seven-week military standoff with China over a remote Himalayan ridge claimed by Bhutan, a tiny kingdom New Delhi has long treated like a protectorate.

China considers the Maldives a key cog in its "One Belt One Road" project along ancient trade routes through the Indian Ocean and Central Asia.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government have, for their part, kept their cards close to their vests. The Maldivian Embassy in New Delhi meanwhile denied that Yameen ignored India while reaching out to other countries. Just a month ago Yameen's envoy to Delhi had reaffirmed "India First" policy. "Our ambassador in Male was not consulted on the matter".

"Second, his (Asim's) counterpart Sushma Swaraj is away as is the PM from tomorrow (Friday)".

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Apart from India, the USA and the European Union have expressed serious concern over the present situation in Maldives. "These issues need to be properly addressed", this person added.

Kondapalli said the sending of special envoys to China, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia suggested Yameen was desperate to "cling on to power".

The UN has urged Yameen to lift the state of emergency, and was due to discuss the crisis gripping the Indian Ocean archipelago in a closed-door meeting at the Security Council on Thursday.

"The global community should play a constructive role from a position of respecting the Maldives' sovereign rights, rather than taking actions that will complicate the situation", foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said, when asked about the possibility of military intervention.

"India had made it clear that the Supreme Court verdict should be abided by. So there is predictable anger in New Delhi", said Harsh V. Pant, a professor of worldwide relations at the London-based King's College.

Despite the strong economic ties Beijing has built with Male, Dhruva Jaishankar, a foreign policy expert at Brookings India, said the Maldives was still "dependent on India for a number of things, such as medical access, education and humanitarian support". The television network also said that they did not believe there was a safe environment for its journalists to report freely and independently.

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