Maldives government, opposition set for all-party talks?

Maldives government headed by President Abdulla Yameen stressed on the 'the vital importance of all parties initiating and engaging in dialogue without any pre-conditions'. (Image courtesy: Facebook) Photograph:( AFP )

Maldives Sep 29, 2016, 09.15 AM (IST) Umaima Rasheed Hussain

Opposition parties in Maldives, the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) headed by the former president Mohamed Nasheed and the Adhaalath Party (AP), have agreed to engage in a political dialogue with the government after the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) placed Maldives on its formal agenda in its meeting on September 23.

The CMAG, comprising foreign ministers from nine member countries, saw a discussion on the political crisis in the south Asian country of the Maldives on Friday.

The Commonwealth's democracy watchdog expressed disappointment that a substantive dialogue had not been initiated to resolve the crisis that has seen long-term detention of political leaders and an environment of fear and intimidation in the island nation.

Both parties have insisted that one of the main aim of the political dialogue is to free jailed opposition leaders and they would push for it during the talks with the government.

Meanwhile, the government in a statement stressed on the “ the vital importance of all-parties initiating, and engaging in, dialogue without any pre-conditions” following which the Adhaalath party said it is willing to participate in party talks as encouraged by the United Nations, CMAG, and other stakeholders. 

On Sunday, the government had asked both the opposition parties to send the details of its representatives “as they were the only parties that have not yet done so despite previous requests”.

The parties, however, are yet to decide the representatives  to take part in all-party talks with the government.