New Delhi, Mar 22: India today welcomed the revocation of Emergency in Maldives as "one step" towards addressing issues related to the prevailing situation there but asserted that a "number of concerns" remained to be addressed by the island nation.
The External Affairs Ministry also maintained that it was important for Maldives to ensure credible restoration of the political process, as well as the rule of law, before the elections are announced this year. "We welcome the revocation of the State of Emergency in the Maldives.
While this is one step towards addressing the issues related to the prevailing political situation in that country, a number of concerns expressed by the international community still remain to be addressed," the ministry said. It added: "We, therefore, call upon the Government of the Maldives to restore all Articles of the Constitution to allow the Supreme Court and other branches of the judiciary to operate in full independence, to promote and support the free and proper functioning of Parliament, to implement the Supreme Court's Full Bench order of 1 February 2018 and to support a genuine political dialogue with all opposition parties."
As a neighbour whose security is closely intertwined with that of the Maldives, India wishes to see a stable, peaceful and prosperous Maldives that meets the aspiration of its citizens, the MEA asserted. Announcing the lifting of Emergency, a statement from Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen's office read, "Though there still exists a diminished threat to national security... in an effort to promote normalcy, the president has decided to lift the state of emergency."
He initially declared the state of emergency for 15 days after the Supreme Court ordered the release of a group of opposition leaders, including exiled former president Mohamed Nasheed. The court had said his 2015 trial had been unconstitutional. It was later extended for another 30 days, deepening the political crisis in the island nation. India along with other countries were very critical of the Yameen government's decisions.