With each party to the conflict in The Maldives agreeing to one thing and doing another, Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai made an unprecedented second visit within a fortnight to sort out issues.
After two days of consultations with President Waheed Hassan; the former President, Mohamed Nasheed; and the representatives of smaller parties — who, in fact, had stood in the way of meaningful solution — Mr. Mathai said there was “Broad agreement on the need for early elections.”
A press statement said the objective of his visit was to “take forward the political process and continue India's engagement with all parties concerned. In this connection, Foreign Secretary had extensive consultations with all parties individually and collectively. All parties expressed the view that India had played a very useful role in taking the process forward as a facilitator and friend of the Maldivian people.”
There was a broad measure of agreement in talks, according to the statement. Continued dialogue on the way forward, including possible amendment to the Constitution and enactment of legislation for institutional reforms, and all Parties recognising the need to undertake the necessary amendments and legislation within a quick timeframe in the People's Majlis were among the broad agreements.
Dr. Waheed while reiterating appreciation for India's assistance and support to the reconciliation process, conveyed in a concluding meeting with the Foreign Secretary that considerable progress had been achieved and that there was optimism on the further potential outcome. It was agreed that India would continue its role of facilitator, as needed.