The Australian Government is disappointed the Maldives has decided to renounce its membership of the Commonwealth.

The Commonwealth plays an important role in assisting its members to advance development, build democracy, strengthen the rule of law and at times manage difficult political situations.

The Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) has been working with Maldives for some time to help it to address its internal political challenges.

Australia believes CMAG and the Commonwealth more broadly have much to offer the Maldives.

Australia continues to encourage the Maldives to work with all parties toward a peaceful resolution of its current political circumstances, and urges it to commit to the values enshrined in the Commonwealth Charter of democracy, human rights, the rule of law, free speech and tolerance.

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