Maldives crisis: India looks at sanctions, not boots on ground

Written by Nirupama Subramanian
, Shubhajit Roy
| New Delhi |
Published: February 7, 2018 5:34 am

Former president Abdul Gayoom is taken into custody in Male (AP Photo/Mohamed Sharuhaan)

Reacting strongly to the deepening crisis in Maldives, India on Tuesday said it was “disturbed” by the “state of emergency” imposed by President Abdulla Yameen and expressed “concern” over the arrests of Supreme Court Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed and former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom.

However, official sources told The Indian Express that while the government is mapping out its next steps, sending Indian troops to the island nation is not an option.

On Tuesday, Sri Lanka-based Maldivian Democratic Party opposition leader and former president Mohamed Nasheed tweeted a “humble” request to India, “to send an envoy, backed by its…

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