Washington: The current situation in Maldives is “fluid”, the U.S. has said, noting that the circumstances under which change of power occurred in this island nation this week are “murky”.

The United States, State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland told reporters, will work with the Government of the Maldives, but believes that the circumstances surrounding the transfer of power need to be clarified.

“We also suggest that all parties agree to an independent mechanism to do that,” she said in response to a question.

To take stock of the situation, the Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, Robert Blake, will be in Mali Saturday, the official informed.

“He will see all of the major players and have a chance to talk about an appropriate way forward in reconciliation and national unity mechanism,” she said.

Responding to questions, Ms. Nuland said the circumstances of change in power in Maldives are contested. “We need to have Bob Blake get there, talk to the various parties before we start opining one way or the other ourselves, because there are a lot of contested facts here that need to be sorted,” she said.

Mr. Blake would be meeting both the former president, who claims that he was forced to resign on gun point, and his successor, she added.