Former Maldivian President Nasheed is back in UK after visiting Sri Lanka
Former President Mohamed Nasheed has returned to the United Kingdom on yesterday, after spending two weeks in Sri Lanka to meet with officials of the Maldives’ opposition, foreign ambassadors and diplomats.
Nasheed arrived in Sri Lanka on January 29 to discuss the political situation of the Maldives and future of main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP).
He held meetings with top officials of MDP and participated in a National Council meeting of the party to seek members’ opinions on decisions regarding the party and political climate.
He had also shared his concerns regarding the Maldives’ political and economic situations with some foreign ambassadors.
Furthermore, he had called upon the President of Sri Lanka Maithripala Sirisena during this visit though he did not reveal details of the meeting.
This is the second meeting of Nasheed with Sirisena. He first met him in 2015 after Sirisena was elected as the President of Sri Lanka.
He also met Sri Lankan Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, Ranil Wickremesinghe during the visit. The two are shown shaking hands in a photo published on Nasheed’s twitter page.
In the tweet, he said he was honored to meet with the Prime Minister, whose advice he had always found valuable.
It was during this visit that he announced his candidacy for the Presidential Elections 2018. Noting that he will be detained to complete his jail sentence upon his return, he nonetheless vowed to come to the Maldives when “it is time”. However, he remains ambiguous on a date.
Former President Nasheed, who is sentenced to thirteen years in jail for the arbitrary detention of a judge during his administration, has been living in the United Kingdom under political asylum for over a year.
This was his second visit to Sri Lanka during this period.
- Asian Tribune -