In her first crisis-management assignment as the countrys topmost diplomat,Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh on Thursday asked all Maldives leaders cutting across political divide that they should accept the outcome of elections so that there is a smooth transfer of power.
Government sources said she expressed the hope and expectation that the electoral process would proceed as scheduled with the first round to be held on October 19,and if required,the second round before November 3 so that a new President is sworn in on November 11 as stipulated by the constitution of Maldives.
Sources said she strongly conveyed to all parties to accept the results of elections to enable a smooth transfer of power and reconciliation post elections.
She rushed to the island nation Wednesday night and returned Thursday evening to discuss the prevailing political situation in the Maldives. During her stay,she called on incumbent President Mohamed Waheed,met with Defence Minister Mohamed Nazim,former President Abdul Gayoom and presidential candidates former President Mohamed Nasheed and Gasim Ibrahim.
During her meetings,sources said she conveyed that as a close-friend and a strategic partner of Maldives,India has always supported the efforts for a peaceful,prosperous and stable Maldives and the strengthening of its democratic process and institutions.