New Delhi: President Muhammed Muisu has asked the Indian Army to withdraw from the Maldives. The Indian Army has been given an ultimatum to leave the island nation before March 15. The president made this statement after returning from a five-day visit to China.
The remarks made by three Maldivian ministers insulting Prime Minister Narendra Modi who visited Lakshadweep was controversial. After India registered a strong protest, all three ministers were suspended. Maldives has asked India to withdraw its troops before the ripples of this end. Ever since Muisu came to power, there has been a demand to reduce the presence of the Indian Army in the Maldives. But no time limit was given.
Indian Army is in Maldives for maritime security and disaster relief. According to the report, there are 88 soldiers in Maldives. There are already allegations that the island nation is moving closer to China. Indian Army cannot stay in Maldives. This is the policy position of President Muhammed Muisu and his administration’ – said in a press release issued by Abdullah Naseem Ibrahim, Public Police Secretary in the Office of the President.
The President asked for the withdrawal of the army during the discussion with the Indian authorities. Indian authorities have not yet responded. The withdrawal of Indian troops from their country was one of the main election promises of Muissu.
Maldives President who visited China had signed 20 important agreements. Apart from signing the agreements, as part of strengthening strategic cooperation, it was also agreed to strengthen bilateral relations.