Allied opposition parties have met with Indian High Commissioner Akhilesh Mishra to discuss the current political and economic situation of the Maldives.
Jumhoree Party (JP) leader Qasim Ibrahim represented the parties at Monday’s meeting.
Speaking to reporters outside the Indian High Commission, Qasim said the discussions were mainly on the current political and economic situation of the country.
He said it was important to convey these information as India and Maldives have always shared a close relationship.
“Since I’m on trial it’s not wise for me to talk too much. But the main point is that we discussed the country’s political and economic situation. India is our closest country, and the most helpful,” Qasim said.
Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP)'s PG leader Ibrahim Mohamed Salih, who was also at the meeting, told reporters that India has always been one of the most valuable countries when it comes to aiding the Maldives' democratic transition.Therefore it was their responsibility to convey the current situation in Maldives to India, he added.
“The government’s influence on the courts and the police is an obstacle to progress,” said Solih.
Yumna Maumoon, daughter of former president Gayoom, said their meeting with the Indian High Commissioner was to brief the Indian government on obstacles faced by the four allied opposition parties in their reform efforts.
The meeting comes at a time when JP leader Qasim is on trial for state-filed criminal charges.