Earlier in the previous week, after the meeting with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj commenced, former foreign minister Dunya Maumoon stated that both Maldives and India need to implement measures to regain trust.
As per reports, on behalf of former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom’s request, Maumoon met Swaraj on Saturday, October 13th during an unofficial visit to India.
Post the meeting, via a Twitter post, Maumoon said, “To call on my friend Sushma Swaraj and meeting her was such a great pleasure, I am delighted to pass on greetings from my father. Maumoon A Gayoom was responsible for building a warm and friendly nature between our countries during his time at the office. That level of trust between our countries needs to be regained.”
In an earlier post on Twitter, Maumoon said, “I will be visiting Delhi, India on behalf of my father Maumoon Abdul Gayoom for some unofficial meetings.”
The timing of her unofficial meeting is rather interesting as it has come at a time when the Maldives is all set to have a new government formed under President-elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.
Just recently, as per reports, Solih was crowned as the winner of the Maldives presidential election, beating strongman Abdulla Yameen, who reportedly had close ties with China.
Solih was congratulated by India on his victory.
As an emergency was declared in the Maldives on February 5th, India’s relations with the Maldives came under huge strain.
The Yameen government has been criticised by India regarding the imposition of the emergency.
The Indian Government has also commended the Yameen Government to release political prisoners and in turn restore the credibility of the electoral and political process.
As per reports, 45 days later the emergency had been lifted.