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US warns against any attempt to undermine democratic process in Maldives

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

The has warned against any attempt to undermine the democratic process in the Maldives, saying it will take appropriate steps against any such move.

The warning was delivered on Wednesday by a top American diplomat, currently on a visit to the Maldives, during a meeting with leaders and officials of the country.

"The and our partners view with great concern any attempt to undermine the democratic process. It is critical that the will of the Maldivian people be respected and upheld," a State Department told after the outgoing Maldivian filed a petition in the challenging the election results in which he was defeated.

"We noted before the election that the would consider appropriate measures against any individuals who undermined democracy, the rule of law, and a free and fair electoral process in Maldives," the said.

of State for South and Central was in Tuesday and Wednesday, where she met with current officials, the President-elect and leaders.

"As Wells noted to President-elect Solih during their meeting Wednesday, we are looking at what resources and tools the can bring to bear to assist in its return to a democratic path and in ensuring greater security and prosperity in the Indian Ocean," the said in response to a question.

"We are keen to support Maldivian initiatives to strengthen democracy, improve governance, root out corruption, enhance security, promote economic development and bilateral trade and investment, and protect the environment," the State Department said.

At her meeting with President-elect Solih, Wells pledged American support for his government and noted that the United States expected a peaceful and timely transfer of power.

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First Published: Thu, October 11 2018. 07:20 IST