The new unity government of President Mohammed Waheed said yesterday that they had always obtained Sri Lanka’s advice, which was considered to be one of its closest friends.
Mohamed Hussain Shareef, the Maldivian Minister of Human Resources and Youth Affairs, told a news conference in Colombo that his country was a non-aligned nation, but considered Sri Lanka to be its closest friend, ally and adviser.
Shortly after President Waheed assumed office on February 7, it was to President Mahinda Rajapaksa that he had sent a special message through his Vice President designate Mohamed Waheeduddin, he said.
The Minister said that even during the height of the political crisis, former President Mohammed Nasheed had turned to Rajapaksa, who personally visited Male to negotiate between the warring parties.
As the closest neighbor, Sri Lanka enjoys a cordial relationship with the government and people of the Maldives, and wishes to assure its fullest support and co-operation to the Government of the Maldives in its efforts to bring peace and stability to the country and prosperity to the Maldivian people, the Government of Sri Lanka said following the resignation of the former President of the Maldives Mr. Mohamed Nasheed in February.