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Assured of 'orderly transfer of power' in Maldives: EU

Fathmath Shaahunaz
09 October 2018, MVT 14:50
The head of the EU delegation, Tung-Lai Margue (L-2), and EEAS Head of Division for South Asia, Caroline Vinot (L), meet Foreign Minister Dr. Mohamed Asim during the EU's visit to Maldives after the Presidential Election 2018.
Fathmath Shaahunaz
09 October 2018, MVT 14:50

The European Union (EU) on Tuesday shared that all the interlocutors that met with the union's delegation recently in Maldives, assured a smooth transition of power in coming November.

The head of the EU delegation, Tung-Lai Margue, visited the Maldives from October 5 - 8, accompanied by European External Action Service (EEAS)'s Head of Division for South Asia, Caroline Vinot.

During the visit, the delegation called on President-Elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih as well as Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Mohamed Asim, the Elections Commission, and the Director General of Transition Ahmed Latheef. The officials also met with leaders and representatives of political parties, civil society organizations, and members of the diplomatic community.

In a statement released Tuesday after the visit concluded, the EU stated that the officials had congratulated Solih on his victory in the Presidential Election on September 23, and praised the peaceful conduct on polling day.

According to the statement, Margue and Vinot were assured by all the interlocutors, that they were committed to an orderly transfer of power.

The EU also expressed readiness to strengthen bilateral ties with Maldives, in the areas of reforming the judiciary, ensuring human rights, rule of law, anti-corruption strategies, and climate change.

The union also called on all political parties to "act responsibly and look towards the full restoration of democratic institutions in the future."

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