With just two days left for the crucial Parliament session to begin, Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai arrived here on Tuesday on an unannounced visit. This is his second visit following the political unrest that sieged the country early this month following a regime change.

The Foreign Secretary during his February 15 visit, had helped broker a deal between the political parties here on the issue of early elections.

Sources had earlier said that India was willing to offer any assistance, if asked for, for holding elections in the country that had witnessed unrest following the resignation of Mohammed Nasheed as President on February 7.

Noting that the People's Majlis (Parliament) is scheduled to meet on March 1, sources had said they hoped “some sort of understanding, some sort of arrangement among the parties on not only on the date of elections but also for cooperation on the floor of Parliament that will pave the way for Constitution amendment” would be worked out by then.

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