US official meets with new Maldives leader


MALE, Maldives (AP) -- A top U.S. government official is meeting with the new president of the Maldives to get a fresh assessment of the political situation in the Indian Ocean nation.

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Robert Blake met Saturday with new President Mohammed Waheed Hassan to gather facts about recent political developments in the Maldives.

Blake also is expected to meet with former President Mohamed Nasheed, who claims he was ousted in a coup earlier this week.

The United States initially recognized the new Maldives government on Friday. It later backtracked, saying the situation was unclear.

The capital, Male, remained peaceful Saturday. There were no signs of extra security on the streets and people went about their normal lives.