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Sri Lanka ready to welcome toppled Maldives strongman

By Rantburg - Wed Sep 26, 4:00 am

[ARABNEWS] The defeated strongman of the Maldives, Abdulla Yameen, is welcome in neighboring Sri Lanka, Colombo said Tuesday, two days after his surprise defeat in presidential elections.

Sri Lanka has long been a haven for dissidents from the nearby Maldives over years of political upheaval, including for hundreds of opponents of Yameen since he became president in 2013.

In a phone call on Monday, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe “informed Mr. Yameen that he is welcome in Colombo at any time,” the premier’s office said.

Wickremesinghe made the call after hosting Yameen’s arch rival and former Maldives president Mohammed Nasheed at a luncheon meeting on Monday.

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