Dunya Maumoon to ex-Pres Nasheed; 'forget the past, let's move on'

Former Maldives foreign minister Dunya Maumoon has encouraged the former president of Maldives Mohamed Nasheed to forget their differences and work together in future.

The former foreign minister made the statement after posting photos of the two engaged in discussions.

The two earlier had exchanged some stern words at each other when Maldives politics intensified during the second state of emergency under outgoing president Abdulla Yameen's administration.

Dunya Maumoon was a strong advocate against former president Mohamed Nasheed's administration and continued her stance against him during tenure as foreign minister under her uncle's regime.

The daughter of former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom was directed with strong lambaste from Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) after she defended Abdulla Yameen's administration for jailing Nasheed.

However, her tweet on Wednesday claimed she always respected the former president's fight for human rights and democracy.

"Let us forget the past, this is the time for us to join hands and work together. It is important for us to set aside our differences and work for a common goal," Dunya Maumoon tweeted.

Dunya Maumoon had also stressed she has always been a strong advocate towards holding dialogue in resolving issues. She also added that while president-elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih faces fresh challenges in political reform, the assistance of the coalition leaders will prove to be of great help in driving the nation towards political stability.

Dunya cut short her tenure as foreign minister during Abdulla Yameen's administration, but voiced her support for her uncle then. She was then appointed as Health Ministry's state minister.

However, she resigned from the designation following the arrest of Maumoon Abdul Gayoom during February's state of emergency.