She said the US assistant secretary of State Robert Blake, who is in charge of South Asian affairs, spoke through telephone with former Maldivian president Mohamed Nasheed Thursday morning, "conveying our assurances that the United States supports a peaceful resolution of this, and "expressing our views to the government that his security should be protected".
According to Nuland, Blake, who is scheduled to visit Maldives Saturday, called for a peaceful settlement of the current situation in the Maldives "through dialogue and through the formation".
Nuland said that Blake, during his stay in the Maldives, will meet with the new President Mohammad Washid, former president Nasheed and civil society, adding that "he will be encouraging this national unity conversation".
Nasheed announced his resignation Tuesday, following overnight violence and protests. former vice president Mohammad Washid has taken office as the new president.
Following Wednesday's violent protests by supporters of Nasheed's party, a criminal court Thursday issued a warrant to arrest Nasheed together with his former defence minister.