Indian military personnel deployed on aviation platforms in Maldives will be replaced with skilled Indian technical personnel. The Ministry of External Affairs announced this on Thursday. This step has been taken after the formal request of the Maldives government led by Mohammed Muizzu for the withdrawal of Indian troops from Male. In this regard, the second high level core group meeting was held in New Delhi on 2 February and the third meeting is going to be held at the end of this month.
Foreign Ministry spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal said during a weekly press briefing in Delhi, “The existing personnel in Maldives will be replaced by capable Indian technical personnel. India has agreed to remove its troops from all three aviation platforms. “The military personnel will be replaced from one platform by March 10 and from the remaining two platforms by May 10.”
Apart from this, the Ministry of External Affairs emphasized one more thing in its statement. Said that both the countries have mutually agreed on practical solutions to ensure the continued operation of Indian aviation platforms providing humanitarian and medevac services to the people of Maldives. Also, it was agreed that the next meeting of the high level core group between the two countries would be held in Male, the capital of Maldives.
read this also
70 Indian soldiers deployed in Maldives
Let us tell you, in the elections held last year, Mohammad Muizzu had given the slogan of India Out during the campaign. He said that there is no need for foreign troops in Maldives and their presence is a threat to the sovereignty of the country. Even after coming to power, this issue has remained among the priorities of President Muizzu. Before his recent statement in Parliament, he had also given an ultimatum to Indian soldiers to leave Maldives by March 15. This statement came after his return from his trip to China. Currently, around 70 Indian troops are deployed in Maldives along with Dornier 228 maritime patrol aircraft and two HAL Dhruv helicopters..
Budget of Rs 770.9 crore for Maldives
On the other hand, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal said that the Indian government has increased the budget for Maldives by Rs 770.9 crore. He also said that after receiving more information, new figures will be revised and released. Jaiswal said that Rs 770.9 crore has been given to Maldives through the budget and this is actually more than before. Whereas, earlier it was estimated at Rs 600 crore.