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No threat from being invaded by foreign military: Maldives

By Chennabasaveshwar

Maldives Defence Ministry on Tuesday issued a statement against the many calls for Indian military intervention to resolve the crisis in the tiny island nation, announcing that his country had not sought military intervention and it "firmly believes that India would not act on any such calls".

No threat from being invaded by foreign military: Maldives

"The Government of Maldives condemns all such action which constitutes a threat to the nation's independence and national security. The Government views such actions to be irresponsible and intended to cause the citizens of both nations, as well as other stakeholders, to cast doubt upon the excellent relationship India and Maldives have enjoyed for decades. The Government therefore calls on all Parties to refrain from such calls," the statement said.

It added that there was "no threat to Maldives from being invaded by foreign military".

The statement reiterated that it has maintained good relations with India since the Maldives declared its Independence and firmly believes that India would not act on any such calls.

Exiled former president Mohamed Nasheed, like many opposition leaders, have been urging New Delhi to send in the military.

Maldives police arrested the country's chief justice of the Supreme Court Abdulla Saeed and another judge, Ali Hameed hours after the government declared a state of emergency on February 5. The island nation, which has seen several political crises since the ouster of its first democratically-elected president Mohamed Nasheed in 2012, plunged into chaos when the apex court ordered the release of nine imprisoned opposition politicians, maintaining that their trials were "politically motivated and flawed".

(With agency inputs)


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