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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2528

Nasheed’s meeting with Maldivians in Sri Lanka Cancelled due to threats on his life

Colombo, 25 December, (

Former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed has cancelled the meeting scheduled in Sri Lanka, on reports that his life could be in danger.

According to, Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) had scheduled a meeting for Maldivians living in Sri Lanka to meet Nasheed next Tuesday 26 December. However the party announced that the meeting was cancelled on Friday night.

Confirming the decision, former foreign minister Ahmed Naseem said when Nasheed scheduled a meeting with Maldivians living in Sri Lanka for December 26, they received suspicion that his life could be threatened. This could potentially lead to conflict by Maldivians in the country, which could violate Sri Lankan laws, hence the best decision is to postpone the meeting, he said.

Ahmed Naseem further said the Ambassador of Maldives to Sri Lanka Mohamed Hussain Shareef had previously stated that he would arrest Nasheed even if spotted on the street. Stating that such talks would only encourage people who wish to carry out such actions, Naseem advised the ambassador to refrain from making such comments.

Naseem said although the meeting was cancelled, Nasheed would continue to meet with Maldivians.

While Nasheed had expressed his desire to compete in the upcoming presidential elections, he continues to meet with his supporters.

Nasheed, convicted on terrorism charges for ordering the chief justice Abdulla Mohamed’s arrest, travelled abroad for medical treatment last January, but did not travel back to the country thereafter.

Thereafter Nasheed sought refuge in the United Kingdom and lives there currently, and frequently travels to Sri Lanka to meet and hold discussions with political members

- Asian Tribune -

Numerous threats to ex-President  Mohamed Nasheed's life-  Tomorrow's meeting with Maldivians in Sri Lanka cancelled
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