External Affairs Minister of India has appealed to the Commonwealth to fast-track Maldives’s re-admission in the 19th Commonwealth Foreign Affairs Ministers Meeting in London
India’s External Affairs Minister, Subramanian Jaishankar, attended the 19th Commonwealth Foreign Affairs Ministers Meeting in London. He specifically called for fast-tracking the Maldives’ re-admission into the Commonwealth of Nations.
The Maldives left the Commonwealth of Nations in 2016 over mounting criticism of the arrest of its political leaders including former President Mohammed Nasheed. India wants Maldives’s re-entry into the Commonwealth Council.
The July 9-11 Commonwealth Foreign Ministers Meeting was held in London. It was hosted by the UK, the current Chair-in-Office of the Commonwealth of Nations.
S. Jaishankar held bilateral meetings with Foreign Affairs Ministers from the UK, Canada, Australia and Bangladesh.
In his official remarks, Jaishankar congratulated the member countries on the 70th anniversary of the Commonwealth. He noted that India, by 2020, will be on the path to fulfil all the commitments made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at CHOGM (The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting) 2018.
In the end, Jaishankar called for fast-tracking the re-admission of the Maldives to the Commonwealth.
The New Maldives President, Ibrahim Mohammed Solih, has appealed to re-join the Commonwealth of Nations.