Former president Mohamed Nasheed has met with Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.
The meeting reportedly took place at the Prime Minister’s office on Wednesday morning.
Sharing a photo of the meeting on twitter, Nasheed said that they discussed the need for inclusive, free and fair elections in the Maldives.
This is their second meeting this year. The first meeting took place in July.
Nasheed, who has been living in self-exile in the UK, arrived in Sri Lanka on December 3.
Joint Opposition’s spokesperson, MP Ahmed Mahloof, said on twitter that Nasheed is in the neighbouring country on an important mission, but he did not give any details.
Last month Nasheed told his party Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) that he will contest the party's presidential primary.
Despite his intention to contest next year’s presidential election, due to the 13-year prison sentence handed to him on terrorism charge, the country’s laws prevent him from contesting. But, his allies and supporters say that the trial was unfair and hence, he will get the opportunity to contest the election.
However, ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) is determined to prevent Nasheed from contesting. The party said it will reject any proposal that would give Nasheed the opportunity to contest, and will request the government to do the same.
While Nasheed has announced plans to contest MDP’s presidential primary, he has said that producing a single candidate for the election is the best course of action for Joint Opposition.