The Sunday Leader

Maldives Puts Faith In Sri Lanka

The Maldives said it is seeking Sri Lanka’s support as it faces pressure from the international community over recent arrests.

Ambassador-at-Large of the Maldives Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mohamed Naseer, told The Sunday Leader that a wrong picture has been portrayed over the May Day arrests.

Naseer, who was in Sri Lanka last week to brief foreign diplomats based in Colombo with regards to the incident, said that the Maldives police acted in accordance with the law after being provoked. US Secretary of State John Kerry had raised concerns over the arrests when he visited Sri Lanka recently and had talks with the Sri Lankan Government. Naseer however said that Sri Lanka had not spoken on the issue and the Maldives will seek Sri Lanka’s support in the face of international criticism.

He also said that India and China had also not put any pressure on the Maldives over the May Day incident and added that China has always respected the sovereignty of the Maldives.

Over 200 protesters were arrested following the May Day protest in the Maldives which was staged by the opposition, including the Maldives Democratic Party (MDP). The MDP accused the Maldives Government of blocking freedom of expression but Naseer insisted that the May Day protest could have gone ahead if it was peaceful. He said that the organisers of the protest had initially assured the police that the protest will be peaceful but had later protested with the motive of seeking support to overthrow the Government.

Naseer said that the protesters had also attempted to promote Islamic radicalism through the protest march. Most of those arrested have since been released.  (ER)

3 Comments for “Maldives Puts Faith In Sri Lanka”

  1. Kristo

    Sir, Mathiri, and Ranil, Sri Lanka must not give any room to Maldives, cause, still Gayoomnisum ruling the country. Dictators of the Indian Ocean. Support should not be given.

  2. MALDIVES WAS A PEACEFUL COUNTRY. IT HAS CHANGED DRASTICALLY AFTER A FEW PEOPLE WERE GREEDY FOR POWER LIKE IN SL

  3. Daya

    About a month ago the Maldivian Foreign Minister, Dunya Maumoon, arrogantly proclaimed that they could do as they pleased in their country.

    What, manhandle and then jail for thirteen years a decent and cultured ex-President for (worst case made out) arresting a corrupt, relatively insignificant judge for a couple of days?

    If you run a country like that, you will get what you deserve. The International Community will treat you as a pariah Banana Republic. Please reconsider what you are doing; we have already drawn our own conclusions, and our views will begin to ossify.

    FREE MOHAMED NASHEED!

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