Maldives President to visit China

Maldives President Mohamed Waheed will travel to China next week on an official visit during which he will meet top Chinese leaders.

Updated: Aug 28, 2012, 15:44 PM IST

Male: Maldives President Mohamed Waheed will travel to China next week on an official visit during which he will meet top Chinese leaders and hold bilateral talks with them.

Waheed, who returned from Sri Lanka`s visit on Saturday, highlighted the significance of China to Maldivian interests.

"China is a fast developing nation and most products are being made there. Both small and larger countries are trying to establish trade ties with China. Hence we should also follow suit," Waheed told reporters.

The last official state visit by a Maldivian President to China came in May 2010 when Mohamed Nasheed visited the Shanghai World Expo.

Over two hundred thousand tourists have visited Maldives from China alone this year to the present date.

Meanwhile, the Commission of National Inquiry will on Thursday disclose its final report on what happened during the February 7 unrest when President Mohamed Nasheed resigned from the Presidency.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Hussain Waheed told media that Maldives Police Service will not give the chance to anybody to make unrest on Thursday.

Human Rights commission of the Maldives has revealed its report saying that it was not a coup and the actions of President Nasheed himself led to his resignation.

A statement issued today by the Commonwealth Secretary- General`s Special Envoy to Maldives, Sir Donald McKinnon, advises Maldivians to "reflect carefully on how to act upon` the decisions of the CNI."

"I look forward to the imminent completion of the work of the reconstituted Commission of National Inquiry and to its being able to agree on its Report," he said in the statement.

McKinnon asked all stakeholders to respect the Commission`s findings and to take time to reflect carefully on how to act upon them in a manner that maintains harmony in Maldivian society and helps strengthen democratic practice.

"There will no doubt be many issues to address emerging from the Commission`s report. I encourage political leaders to increase their efforts towards engaging in genuine dialogue, in order that consensus may be achieved, in a constructive and peaceful manner, on the path forward," the statement said.

McKinnon said that he is in regular contact with both President Waheed and former President Nasheed, and would continue to do so in the days ahead.

Furthermore, former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom has left for India yesterday on an unofficial medical visit.

During this visit, he will meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and hold talks with him.