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India wants all countries to play constructive role in Maldives

IANS  |  New Delhi 

on Friday, reacting to reports that hoped that the government can resolve the raging internal political crisis on its own, said that all countries can play a constructive role in the archipelago nation.

"We note that has said that government has the ability to protect the security of Chinese personnel and institutions in Maldives," the said in a statement.

"We hope that all countries can play a constructive role in Maldives, instead of doing the opposite," it added.

Earlier on Friday a Chinese said that did not want the Maldivian political crisis to become another thorny issue with India

The told IANS that China was in touch with over the issue.

The has plunged into a crisis with its declaring a state of emergency and arresting the and a former

has traditionally held influence in the atoll nation where China has been trying to make inroads because of the country's strategic location.

The archipelago in the is of immense strategic importance to India and China, the world's two most populous countries dependent on

Experts say the Maldivian crisis could well become a new power struggle between India and China.

Yameen has sent special envoys to China, and even as politely declined to host the Maldivian

It all started when the Maldives' termed as unjust the imprisonment of nine MPs and former who is in exile.

The court ruling of February 1 - if implemented -- would have restored the Nasheed party's majority and threatened Yameen's presidency.

Nasheed, perceived to be close to New Delhi, has urged India to intervene militarily, a move which China has warned will only complicate the situation.

"met with the Maldives' President's special envoy, (Maldivian) He introduced the current situation in the Maldives and said that the government is committed to upholding the rule of the law and social order and independently achieving national stability and development," said in

Geng also reiterated that China would not interfere in the Maldives' internal affairs and oppose any outside intervention.

Wang told Saeed that China was closely watching the situation and was confident that Male had the wisdom to solve the crisis by itself.



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First Published: Fri, February 09 2018. 23:22 IST