February 8th, 2012
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India extends support to Male

maldive president Mohamed Waheed New Delhi: A day after the dramatic developments in the considerably new democracy of Maldives, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh sent a letter to the new President Mohamed Waheed assuring the country’s continued support.

“I take this opportunity to extend my warm felicitations to you on your assumption of office as President of the Maldives. India is committed to working with you and the Government in Maldives to further enhance our close, bilateral cooperation to mutual benefit and for the continued security, progress and prosperity of our two countries,” Mr Singh said.

The Prime Minister said “as a close and friendly neighbor India will as always, continue to support the Maldivian people’s efforts to build a stable, peaceful and prosperous country.” Mr Mohamed Nasheed had announced his resignation in a nationally televised address yesterday afternoon following weeks of public protests over his controversial order to arrest a senior judge. India had on Tuesday described the change of regime in Maldives due to protests as an internal matter of the country.

Dr Mohamed Waheed who was sworn in as the 5th President of the Republic of Maldives yesterday, has meanwhile called for the formation of a national unity government in his Indian Ocean nation. “Together, I am confident, we’ll be able to build a stable and democratic country,” he said, adding that his government intended to respect the rule of law.


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