New Delhi: A senior official informed of India’s statement that it will not interfere in the ongoing crisis in Maldives but has also clearly warned China not to cross its limits over the Maldives. Maldives President Abdulla Yameen has lifted the state of emergency in the country after 45 days, but the political crisis in the Maldives is far from over.
Opposition leaders and Judges of the Supreme Court of the Maldives, had asked India for a military intervention. Being disturbed by this, China had given a reaction. ‘A political crisis is a country’s internal matter. No one should interfere with that as it can complicate matters further’, said China. It also asked the international community to respect the sovereignty of the Maldives and play a constructive role in it. China’s focus was entirely upon India.
A central government official had informed that India has given a clear reply to this demand. The official informed that India stated that it will not interfere in Maldives but China also should not cross the limits and warned that if China did so, it would affect mutual political trust for which only China will be responsible.
‘We cannot prevent the relations China is trying to develop with the Maldives, Nepal and other countries. Nevertheless, we can always clearly express our concerns and objections’, clarified the officer. In continuation of the ‘Doklam’ conflict last year, the Maldives issue can become a new ground of conflict between the two countries, say experts. Although the Maldives government has lifted the state of emergency, they have filed a lawsuit with terrorism charges against two former presidents along with Supreme Court Judges. Therefore, the situation there has deteriorated further.
Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale is expected to visit the Maldives. Also, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman are scheduled to visit China soon. Against this backdrop, the information revealed by the official becomes important.