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No interference in internal matters of other nations: Pak on

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

today distanced itself from the ongoing political turmoil in the Maldives, saying it is following a policy of in the internal matters of other countries.

Foreign Mohamed Asim, who is on an official visit to from February 8-10 as the special of embattled Abdulla Yameen, met Prime and briefed him about the political situation in the island country.

The Maldivian briefed Abbasi on the developments that led to the declaration of a state of emergency in Male, the said in a statement.

"The stated that firmly adheres to the policy of in the affairs of other countries and will continue to adhere to the principles of the UN charter in this regard," the statement said.

The said that the relations between Pakistan and the is characterised by cordiality, mutual respect and commonality of interests.

The reaffirmed the Maldives' support to Pakistan's initiatives for bringing peace and stability in the region, it said.

"He also appreciated Pakistan for its support to the people and the Government of Maldives," the statement said.

Male, which has seen several political crises since the ouster of its Mohamed Nasheed in 2012, plunged into chaos last Thursday when the ordered the release of nine imprisoned Opposition politicians, maintaining that their trials were "politically motivated and flawed".

Yameen has refused to obey the court orders and declared a state of emergency in the country.

Maldives' and another judge, Ali Hameed, were arrested hours after Yameen declared a state of emergency. Former Maumoon Abdul Gayoom was also arrested.

Yameen decided to send special envoys to China, Pakistan and to brief them about the deepening political crisis in the country.

The Maldivian in said a could not be sent to due to scheduling issues of the Indian leadership.

The government's move to send envoys to three nations came after president has been internationally condemned for his action.

The US asked Yameen to restore constitutionally guaranteed rights of the people in the country.

The UN has called the declaration of a state of emergency in the and the resulting suspension of constitutional guarantees an "all-out assault on democracy."

UN officials offered to facilitate all-party talks to resolve the crisis in the country.

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First Published: Fri, February 09 2018. 21:15 IST