Ex-pres Nasheed to visit Sri Lanka on June 15

Speaker of the parliament, former president Mohamed Nasheed will travel to neighboring Sri Lanka on June 15.

In a press statement released by main ruling Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), they stated that Nasheed, along with other senior members of their party and cabinet ministers of the government will travel to Sri Lanka to attend a function. No details of the function were revealed by the party.

The upcoming trip would be Nasheed’s first visit to Sri Lanka after he assumed his role as the Speaker of the parliament.

Referring to former president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayyoom’s regime in their statement, MDP acknowledged that Sri Lanka provided shelter and safety to the party when they were in need of it most. During the last government, President Nasheed was on a self-imposed exile, during which the Sri Lankan government gave him protection. Several other activists also sought shelter in Sri Lanka during the former government's rule.

Mentioning the terrorist attacks that took place in Sri Lanka last April, the statement read that the party has confidence that the relevant authorities can assure the safety of the delegates. They further stated that Maldives and MDP remain with Sri Lanka during difficult times.