New Delhi: Amid political crisis in Maldives, Indian Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai on Wednesday returned to India after an unannounced two-day visit to the island country. During his visit to Maldives, Ranjan met with key political leaders for a political solution including early Presidential elections and possible amendment to the constitution.

This was his second visit to the island nation after a sense of uncertainty gripped Maldives following President Mohammad Nasheed’s resignation on February 7. The Foreign Secretary, during his first visit to Maldives on February 15, had helped to form a common consensus among the political parties on the issue of early election. The People’s Majlis (Maldivian Parliament) is slated to meet on March 1.

According to official sources, his first and second visit was aimed at some sort of understanding and arrangement among the political outfits on the issue of early elections, cooperation on the floor of the Parliament including possible amendment to the constitution. The Foreign Secretary during his visit had also participated in the All-party meet in which he reportedly proposed a paper hinting at Presidential election before the end of 2012. 

According to Ministry of External Affairs, his visit will also help India to keep an eye on China and other countries actions in the politics of Maldives that has now acquired a new twist. The Ministry also added that, political parties have agreed to take forward the political process and discuss dates for early Presidential election.