India urges Commonwealth to readmit Maldives as member

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  1. India has called for fast-tracking the process of readmitting Maldives into the Commonwealth.
  2. Maldives had left the Commonwealth in 2016 at the height of political turmoil in the country.However,the situation in Maldives changed in 2018 when a new president came to power.
  3. Commonwealth of Nations is an international intergovernmental organization of countries that were mostly former territories of the British Empire and dependencies.
  4. Commonwealth was established by the London Declaration in 1949. Queen Elizabeth II is the head of the Commonwealth.
  5. The current membership includes 53 Countries.The membership is based on free and equal voluntary cooperation.
  6. The member states of the commonwealth are not legally liable or bound to each other.They are rather united by language,history,culture,likeness of democracy,human rights and the rule of law.