Mohamed Nasheed left Indian High Commission on his own volition: Khurshid

Last Updated: Sat, Feb 23, 2013 15:30 hrs

External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Saturday said that former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed has left Indian High Commission in Male on his own volition as he has decided to resume his political and social life in Maldives.

"Our desire that the situation remain in control and the situation gets resolved in a manner, which allows everybody to move forward, seems to have gone into the right direction. Our information is that former President Nasheed has on his own volition decided that he can go back to his normal political and social life in Maldives. We extended courtesies that were commensurate with courtesies that we extended to a former head of government or state," said Khurshid, while talking to reporters here.

Hailing friendship of both countries, Khurshid said that India is hoping to see free fair elections in Maldives.

"As friends of Maldives, as being important partners of Maldives in SAARC as well as in all global efforts, we look forward to Maldives having free fair exclusive elections and such support that they seek and need and we are in a position to give to help them strengthen their steps towards such a free and fair exclusive election, is something that we will always be willing to offer. We are glad that situation has found resolution by itself," he Khurshid.

The External Affairs Minister had earlier this month said that India is in touch with the Maldives government and is eager to find an early end to the Maldivian crisis after the former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed, sought refuge at the Indian High Commission in Male fearing arrest.

Mohamed Nasheed entered the High Commission of India on February 13 when an arrest warrant was issued after he failed to attend the court for what he called a politically motivated trial aimed at disqualifying him from participating in the presidential election slated for September 7. (ANI)

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