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Abrogation of Article 370 India's internal decision: Maldives to Pakistan

Indian security forces personnel patrol a deserted street during restrictions after the government scrapped special status for Kashmir, as it rains in Srinagar. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION New Delhi Aug 23, 2019, 08.13 PM (IST) Written By: Sidhant Sibal

Maldives foreign minister Abdulla Shahid who received a call from Pakistan foreign minister SM Qureshi to brief on abrogation of article 370 has clearly stated that it was New Delhi's internal matter.

A statement from Maldives foreign ministry said: "Minister Shahid stated that the Maldives viewed the decision taken by India regarding Article 370 of the Indian Constitution as an internal matter."

"Both Pakistan and India are close friends and bilateral partners of the Maldives and stressed the importance of resolving differences between countries amicably through peaceful means," the foreign ministry added.

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The statement made by the Pakistani foreign ministry made no mention of what Madlvies foreign minister had told his Pakistani counterpart.

The Pakistani release said, "The Maldivian foreign minister said that they were closely watching the situation. The two leaders agreed to remain in contact and continue to work together for peace and stability in the region."

The Maldives which is the member of the organisation of Islamic Cooperation was one of the first neighbouring countries to back India, calling New Delhi's decision an internal one. 

The Maldives foreign ministry in it is issued on August 7 said: "We believe that it is the right of every sovereign nation to amend their laws as required."

India's neighbours in the region have backed New Delhi on its August 5 decision to repeal special status for Jammu and Kashmir. While Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and the Maldives have called it an internal decision, Nepal and Afghanistan have called it a bilateral issue between New Delhi and Islamabad. 

Don't misquote us: Sri Lanka to Pakistan

Earlier, Sri Lanka contradicted what the Pakistani High Commission in Colombo had said after a meeting between Pakistani High Commissioner and President Maithripala Sirisena with the President's office issuing a statement. 

A statement issued by Pakistan High Commission in Colombo had said: "President acknowledged that Jammu and Kashmir is a disputed territory and expressed his desire that this dispute should be resolved according to wishes of Kashmiris under UNSC resolution. He also offered Sri Lanka's mediation and facilitation of dialogue between Pakistan and India to reactivate the SAARC forum."

It was contradicted by the Sri Lankan President's office, who said, "President stated that both India and Pakistan have excellent friendly relations with Sri Lanka and Sri Lanka's interest is to see the growth of regional cooperation and friendship."

"The president did not make any other comment on the issues pertaining to India and Pakistan," it added.

The Pakistani High Commissioner to Sri Lanka on Tuesday had met the President at the request of the former to brief him of India's decision to abrogate Article 370 on August 5.

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The statement made by the Pakistani foreign ministry made no mention of what Madlvies foreign minister had told his Pakistani counterpart.