Male, November 19 (Language) There are 77 Indian military personnel in Maldives and the new government here is reviewing more than 100 agreements signed with India. A senior Maldivian official gave this information on Sunday.
Earlier, less than 24 hours after taking oath as the country’s President, Mohammed Muizzu on Saturday made a formal request to the Indian government to “withdraw” Indian troops from Maldives.
Addressing a press conference here, Mohammed Firozul Abdul Khalil, Under Secretary for Public Policy in the Office of the President, said that as per the new administration, there are 77 Indian military personnel in Maldives.
Maldivian media quoted Firozul as saying that there are 24 Indian military personnel to manage the first helicopter, 25 Indians to manage the Dornier aircraft, 26 Indians to manage the second helicopter and two for maintenance and engineering. And there are members.
He said President Muizzu, who won the presidential election in September, has started efforts to deport all 77 Indians from Maldives.
Maldives is one of India’s major maritime neighbors in the strategically important Indian Ocean region and overall bilateral relations, including in the defense sectors, between the two countries were strengthened during the government of former Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.
The country is one of the biggest beneficiaries of India’s ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy. Muizzu is considered a pro-China leader.