Mauritius Prime Minister Navin Chandra Ramgoolam has decided to skip the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).
He told Parliament that his decision was taken in the face of absence of progress in Sri Lanka in respect of human rights, AFP reports.
However, Mauritian Foreign Minister Arvin Boolell, who was at the CHOGM press conference here, said there was no “judgmental posturing” in this decision. “We [Mauritius and Sri Lanka] have excellent relations. I am here representing my Prime Minister,” he said.
Mauritius, incidentally, will host CHOGM 2015.
Earlier, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa inaugurated the Commonwealth Business Forum, which had over 1,700 delegates.