Amid GMR row, India appoints new envoy to Maldives

Last Updated: Thu, Dec 06, 2012 13:00 hrs

New Delhi, Dec 6 (IANS) Amid the raging diplomatic row over the unilateral cancellation of the GMR contract, India has appointed Rajeev Shahare as the new High Commissioner to the Maldives replacing incumbent D.M. Mulay.

Shahare is presently joint secretary in the West Asia North Africa (WANA) division in the ministry of external affairs.

His appointment comes at a time when bilateral ties have dived to an all-time low over the termination of the contract awarded to the GMR-led consortium for the modernisation of the Male International Airport.

Mulay has been appointed as India's consul general in New York. He will be assuming charge in March 2013, informed sources said.

India has made it clear to the Maldives that legal processes should be followed in resolving the GMR stalemate.

"We believe legal processes should be taken to their logical conclusion," Syed Akbaruddin, the spokesperson of the external affairs ministry, told reporters here.

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