Male, January 8 (newsin.asia): The Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) has sought guidance from Japan to help restore democracy in the Maldives and ensure a free and fair Presidential election later this year.
Commenting on the recent visit of the Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kano, the MDP said that Japan is a “robust democracy” which could give a helping hand to forces “struggling to re-establish multiparty politics” in the Maldives.
“This year, the MDP is hopeful of Japan’s support in ensuring a free, fair and inclusive presidential election, where political parties are free to field candidates of their choice,” a party statement said..
“MDP is encouraged by Minister Tarō Kōno’s statement regarding Prime Minister Shizo Abe’s initiative on free and open Indo-Pacific relations. The Maldives is key to ensuring stability in the Indian Ocean region. Indian Ocean stability is more important than ever,”
“But the MDP notes with concern President Yameen’s continued foreign policy maneuvers, which risk alienating traditional allies and eroding security in our neighborhood. In this regard, democratic powers such as Japan can play an important role in fostering maritime security and stability in the region,” the statement said.
“As Japan and the Maldives mark over half a century of diplomatic relations, the MDP takes special note of Japan’s support in fostering democracy and the rule of law in the Maldives. The party is confident of the Japanese Government’s continued commitment to reform and democratization in the Maldives,” the MDP statement said. .
(The featured image at the top shows the visiting Japanese Foreign Minister with the Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen)