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Sushma in Maldives as pressure mounts over Nasheed jailing
Published :Sunday, 11 October, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 20

MALÉ, Oct 10 : India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj visited the Maldives on Saturday amid mounting international pressure on the tiny atoll nation to free its jailed former leader Mohamed Nasheed.
Sushma was received at the airport islet of Hulhule by her Maldivian counterpart Dunya Maumoon and the two women will hold official level talks on Sunday, the Maldivian foreign ministry said in a statement.
"The External Affairs Minister is visiting the Maldives on the invitation of Foreign Minister Dunya," the statement said.
It gave no details, but Indian authorities have suggested that the incarceration of Nasheed, the nation's first democratically-elected leader, could figure during Swaraj's two-day official visit.
Indian's External Affairs ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup told reporters on the eve of the visit that New Delhi expected a "fair and just" resolution to the controversial jailing of Nasheed, the nation's main opposition leader.     ?AFP

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