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Maldivian President Muizzu says first group of Indian troops to be despatched again earlier than March 10

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Maldives President Mohamed Muizzu
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Maldivian President Mohamed Muizzu stated the primary group of Indian army personnel shall be despatched again from the island nation earlier than March 10, whereas the remaining Indians manning two aviation platforms shall be withdrawn by May 10.

In his maiden tackle to Parliament, Mr. Muizzu, extensively seen as a pro-China chief, stated he believes a big majority of Maldivians help his administration with the expectation that they are going to take away international army presence from the nation, and recuperate the misplaced oceanic territory.

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He stated his administration won’t enable any State agreements which will compromise the nation’s sovereignty, The Edition newspaper reported.

Soon after taking oath because the President of Maldives on November 17, Mr. Muizzu formally requested India to withdraw 88 army personnel from his nation by March 15, saying the Maldivian individuals have given him a “strong mandate” to make this request to New Delhi.

“Diplomatic discussions with other nations that the President can conduct are ongoing. We have officially requested India to remove its troops stationed in the Maldives. Deliberations on this issue are ongoing.

“As per the latest discussions, army personnel on one of many three aviation platforms shall be recalled earlier than March 10, 2024. The army personnel on the remaining two platforms may even be recalled by May 10, 2024,” Mr. Muizzu told the parliament.

After the latest round of bilateral talks, India said on February 2 that a “set of mutually workable options” was agreed upon with the Maldives for persevering with the operations of Indian aviation platforms within the island nation. Currently, Indian army personnel are within the Maldives primarily to function two helicopters and an plane which have carried out tons of of medical evacuations and humanitarian missions.

The Indian platforms have been offering humanitarian and medical evacuation providers to the individuals of the Maldives for the previous couple of years.

The president stated his administration wouldn’t do something that might in any means compromise the nation’s sovereignty.

He asserted that he would stay steadfast and never give in to any exterior pressures beneath any circumstances if it posed a threat to the nation’s independence and sovereignty.

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