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Nasheed due in Colombo today, to meet diplomats

 

Political sources said that the former President was scheduled to meet the diplomatic community to brief them on the recent developments in the Maldives.

Nasheed due in Colombo today, to meet diplomats

 

Former Maldivian President Mohammed Nasheed who alleges that the National Defence Force and police forced him to resign from office at gun point, is scheduled to arrive in Sri Lanka today.
 
Ibrahim Zaki, the Ex Special Envoy of Nasheed, speaking to "The Island" by telephone from Male, said that he would be accompanying the former President and they will be in Colombo by today.
 
Nasheed, was originally due to arrive earlier this week but postponed his visit due to the political situation in the Maldives and police attacks on MDP members and property, Zaki alleged.
 
Political sources said that the former President was scheduled to meet the diplomatic community to brief them on the recent developments in the Maldives. He is also expected to call on President Mahinda Rajapaksa, with whom he had developed a close friendship while in power.
 
Earlier this week, the Maldives Deputy Foreign Minister Dunya Maumoon was in Colombo and held talks with President Rajapaksa. She, also delivered a special message from her President Mohammed Waheed, expressing support in the light of the US Resolution on Sri Lanka that was pending before the ongoing UNHRC sessions in Geneva.
 
Hussain Shihab, the Maldivian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, said that on Monday while President Waheed was ceremonially declaring open parliament, MDP supporters had allegedly attacked eight policemen on the streets of Male, causing serious injuries to two of them and also torched several buildings including the privately owned VTV Television Station.
 
The Speaker, Abdullah Shahid, had to order the removal of seven MDP MPs from the chamber for violent behavior during the presidential address, he said.
 
The parliament was to be declared open on March 1, but on that day MDP MPs had occupied the Speaker’s Chair and prevented the presidential address, after having kept the President waiting for nearly ten hours.
 
Nasheed, who resigned on February 7, following the National Defence Force and Police refusing to obey what they called "illegal orders", has since alleged that he was ousted at gun point.
 
He has called for early presidential elections ahead of the scheduled October 2013 date, as a condition for joining Waheed’s National Unity Government.
 
(Island)
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