No intention to interfere in Maldives' internal affairs: India
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While India was informed that the arrest warrant against Nasheed had expired, an Advisor to Maldivian President was "suddenly" heard on TV saying that "police was waiting and the moment he comes out, we will nab him", sources said, hinting the statement changed the situation.
The sources also said India was in talks with Maldivian authorities to resolve the situation and that New Delhi was walking on a fine line.
Maintaining that Maldives society was "extremely polarised", the sources said to maintain Indian interests, New Delhi should not been seen as interfering in internal affairs.
Asked what happens if Nasheed refuses to leave the Mission, a source said, "We will cross the bridge when it comes to it."
Meanwhile, in an official statement, a spokesperson in the Ministry of External Affairs stressed on a free, fair, credible and inclusive elections in that country.
Referring to the telephonic conversation External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid had with his Maldivian counterpart yesterday, he said India has been working with the Maldives government and other relevant authorities there to strengthen the democratic framework in that country.
"As part of its commitment to multi-party democracy, India has broad-based contacts with all political parties and democratic institutions in Maldives without interfering in the internal affairs of that country," he said.
"India would be happy to work with the government and all political parties in the facilitation of this objective."
He said the Maldives Foreign Minister assured Khurshid that his government would "do its utmost to prevent any precipitate act that adversely affects the atmosphere for a free and fair democratic process and rule of law".
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