New Delhi : India was the first stop planned for a visit by a special envoy of the Maldivian president but was told it would not be possible at this time.
"India was in fact the first stop planned and proposed for a visit of a special envoy of the president of Maldives. However, the dates proposed were not suitable for the Indian leadership," Maldives Ambassador to India Ahmed Mohamed said.
Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj was on a visit to Saudi Arabia and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be setting out on a four-day, tour of UAE, Oman and Palestine tomorrow.
The Maldives Ambassador said they had even inquired if their foreign minister could meet a minister of state for foreign affairs.
We are hurt… We are reaching out," he told NDTV.
"We would want India to do even more than China… as we are neighbours…," Mr Mohamed said.
Maldives plunged into crisis last week after Mr Yameen refused to comply with a five-judge verdict of the Supreme Court quashing terrorism convictions against nine leading opposition figures including the exiled former Maldivian president Mohamed Nasheed, who was the country’s first democratically elected president.