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Withdraw military personnel, Maldives formally requests India

The request was made by Maldives President Mohamed Muizzu, who met Indian Union Minister Kiren Rijiju in Malé earlier in the day.

Union Minister for Earth Sciences Kiren Rijiju meets the new President of the Maldives Mohamed Muizzu, in Male, Maldives. (PTI Photo) (PTI)Premium
Union Minister for Earth Sciences Kiren Rijiju meets the new President of the Maldives Mohamed Muizzu, in Male, Maldives. (PTI Photo) (PTI)

Maldives' recently elected government has issued a formal request to India to withdraw its troops stationed on the island-country's soil, as per an official statement issued on November 18.

“The Government of Maldives has formally requested Government of India to withdraw its military personnel from the Maldives," the statement noted.

The request was made by Maldives President Mohamed Muizzu, who met Indian Union Minister Kiren Rijiju in Malé earlier in the day.

When Rijiju called on Muizzi at the President's office, the latter acknowledged the contribution of the Indian helicopters and aircraft for medical evacuation of Maldivian citizens, news agency ANI reported, citing sources.

Muizzi appreciated their role in monitoring and combating drug trafficking, the sources reportedly added, while also noting that it was agreed that the two governments would discuss workable solutions for continued cooperation through the use of these platforms.

The withdrawal of India's military presence in Maldives was one of the major issues in the tightly contested presidential elections held in September.

Also Read: What was at stake for India, China in the Maldives election

Muizzu, who successfully challenged the then incumbent president Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, had promised to ensure the removal of Indian troops and maintain geopolitical neutrality if he is elected to power.

Notably, the Maldivian defence force had said in 2021 that about 75 Indian military personnel were located in the country to maintain and operate an aircraft that was provided as an aid in 2020.

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The opposition coalition that Muizzu led had an “India Out" campaign to corner the Solih government on the issue. There were also speculations that the new president may shift Maldives towards the pro-China camp after assuming office.

Also Read: PM Modi congratulates Muizzu on presidential poll win

Muizzu, however, has maintained that he wants to keep cordial relations with both New Delhi and Beijing. He has ruled out the possibility of facilitating the presence of Chinese troops in the Indian Ocean archipelago.

"Maldives is too small to be entangled in geopolitical rivalry," news agency AFP quoted him as saying on November 15. “I am not very much interested to engage the Maldivian foreign policy in this," he added.

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Published: 18 Nov 2023, 07:33 PM IST
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