Maldivian FM holds talks with SM Krishna



New Delhi: In the first high-level political contact between the two countries since the change of government in Male, Maldivian Foreign Minister Abdul Samad Abdulla today held talks with External Affairs Minister SM Krishna here.

During the talks, Abdulla is understood to have given a fresh update on the situation in his country which has witnessed political turmoil for the past couple of months following the resignation of Md Nasheed as President and his replacement by Md Waheed Hassan.

Bilateral ties was also understood to have come up at the talks between the two ministers.

Maldives plunged into political turmoil after 44-year-old Nasheed, the country's first democratically-elected President, resigned on February 7 in what he claims was a coup.

The new government is headed by Nasheed's former deputy Waheed Hassan.

Male has already announced that Waheed Hassan will visit India in May to undertake his first trip abroad since assuming the top post in Maldives.

The announcement of Waheed Hassan's visit came close on the heels of his Nasheed's statement that he will visit India in mid-April to seek support for his efforts to have early elections and restore a democratically-elected government in Maldives.

PTI