Closely monitoring events in Maldives: India

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New Delhi, Feb 7: India on Tuesday said it was closely monitoring the "sudden turn of events" in Maldives, where the President resigned following series of protests, but termed it as "internal matter" which as of now needs no outside assistance and said its community there was safe.

"We have noted the decision of President Mohamed Nasheed to resign in favour of Vice President Mohamed Waheed. This is an internal matter of the Maldives, to be resolved by Maldivians. We hope that all issues will be resolved in a peaceful and democratic manner," official spokesperson in the Ministry of External Affair said here.

India has traditionally enjoyed close ties of friendship and cooperation with the Maldives, he said, adding, "We remain committed to extending the fullest support and cooperation to the Maldivian government in its endeavour to promote peace and progress there and the prosperity and well being of its people.

"We continue to closely monitor the situation in the Maldives and understand that the Indian expatriate community there is safe." There are about 30,000 Indians there. Nasheed announced his resignation after weeks of public protests over his order to arrest a senior judge, who had ordered release of a government critic, and handed over the power to his Vice President Mohammed Waheed Hassan.

Hoping that there will be "greater scope for stability" for the national government, led by Waheed and comprising nominees of both government and opposition, official sources said, "We hope that the worst is over. It is positive that there has been an amicable solution to the turmoil going on in Maldives." 

PTI

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