Maldives decision to end the 34-year-old tie with the Commonwealth on Thursday has created international furore with many expressing disappointment over the decision and warning international isolation.
British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and Maldives James Dauris said that he was saddened by the decision.
Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland said:
“I have received news that the Maldives Government has today decided to leave the Commonwealth.
“The Commonwealth family at large – its member governments and its peoples worldwide – will share my sadness and disappointment at this decision.
Former President Nasheed took social networking site Facebook to express his anger and said, “Removing the Maldives from the Commonwealth is an act of desperation by a President who doesn’t like the truth and is unwilling to be held accountable for his authoritarianism.”
Government left Commonwealth alleging punitive action by the 53-nation group following the situation that led to ouster of former President Mohamed Nasheed.
The foreign ministry calling the decision “difficult but inevitable” alleged unfair and unjust treatment by the group over it’s decision to put the country on formal agenda and threatening suspension after the government failed to resolve political crisis.
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