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Mar 01, 2013 at 02:51pm IST

Will restore GMR deal if I return to power: Maldives ex-President Nasheed

Male: Former Maldivian President Mohammed Nasheed spoke to CNN-IBN in his first interview to an Indian TV channel. Speaking to CNN-IBN he said that he will restore the GMR deal with Maldives Airport if he comes to power. "We will restore the deal and will do it in a transparent way," he said.

He also hinted that a stable Maldives is in India's interest. "There is no love for India by the Maldives government here. I think it's in India's own interest that there is political stability in Maldives. And if that doesn't happen then there is always room for other countries," he said.

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Nasheed stepped out of the Indian High Commission in Male on Saturday, where he took refuge on February 13 after police attempted to arrest him. A court in Maldives had ordered Nasheed's arrest after he missed a February 10 court appearance in a case relating to accusations that he illegally detained a judge during the last days of his rule, police spokesman Hassan Haneef said.

Nasheed, Maldives's first democratically elected leader, was removed from office a year ago in contested circumstances and his supporters have frequently clashed with security forces in the Indian Ocean archipelago, famous as a luxury tourist resort.

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