US President Donald Trump telephoned Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday with the Maldives crisis. He pledged to work together to increase security and development in the Indo-Pacific region.
“Both leaders expressed concern over the political crisis in the Maldives and the importance of respect for democratic institutions and the appropriate regulation of law.” White House statement on Trump and Modi telephone conversation. This is the first telephone conversation between Trump and Modi this year.
The White House confirmed President Trump’s South Asian strategy, reiterating his commitment to supporting Afghanistan’s security and stability, as well as discussions on issues relating to Myanmar and Rohingya refugees.
The Supreme Court of the Maldives ordered the release of nine opposition leaders from jail last Thursday. The court ruled that the government’s move was “politically motivated” and flawed. But the Yemeni government refused to enforce a court order, protesting against the government in the Maldives.
Just hours after the imminent announcement of the emergency, the Supreme Court’s Chief Justice of the Island, Abdullah Saeed, and another judge, Ali Hamid, were arrested.