Enjoy excellent relationship with India, calls for military intervention out of line: Maldives

Maldives president Abdulla Yameen recently visited China and reaffirmed his country's ties with China. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team Malé, Maldives Feb 14, 2018, 03.06 AM (IST)

Maldives government on Tuesday said calls for Indian military intervention in the Maldives was "out of line".

“India would not act upon such calls,” the Maldives government added.

The Maldives government's statement comes after India expressed dissatisfaction over events in the island nation as China said it does not want the Maldives to become another "flash point".

In a statement, the Yameen Abdul Gayoom-led government said: "The government views such actions to be irresponsible and intended to cause the citizens of both nations as well as other stakeholders, to cast doubt upon the excellent relationship India and Maldives have enjoyed for decades."

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang had said the international community should respect the "sovereignty and independence" of the Maldives even as ex-president Nasheed requested India to play the role of "liberators" and intervene militarily to resolve the ongoing political turmoil.

"We would like to assure all our beloved citizens that the Maldives does not have to fear for its independence or sovereignty and that the Government would not give any opportunity to anyone to threaten the country's sovereignty," the Maldives government said in a statement.

China had warned that military intervention would further complicate the situation in the island nation.

"The current situation in the Maldives is its internal affairs. China follows the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of others," China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said.