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India agreed to remove all military personnel by May 10: MoFA

While India's MEA statement did not provide details of the agreement reached on how to continue medevac flights in Maldives, the MoFA has stated that India has agreed to remove military personnel working on all aviation platforms by May 10, 2024.

Mariyath Mohamed
02 February 2024, MVT 21:21
One of the two helicopters gifted by India to the Maldives.
Mariyath Mohamed
02 February 2024, MVT 21:21

Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) has stated that an agreement has been reached with India where they will be removing all military personnel in Maldives by May 10, 2024.

In a statement released following today's High Level Core Group meeting between senior delegates from Maldives and India in New Delhi, the ministry detailed the agreements reached between the countries.

MoFA stated that the two countries reviewed the existing bilateral cooperation between the countries for improving collaboration in the fields of defence and security cooperation, as well as economic and development partnership.

"Both sides agreed that the Government of India will replace the military personnel in one of the three aviation platform by 10 March 2024, and will complete replacing military personnel in the other two platforms by 10 May 2024," the statement reads.

Hence, the agreement reached indicates that Indian military presence in the Maldives will come to an end completely by mid-May this year.

The statement from India's Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) does not go into detail regarding action to be taken in the case of military personnel stationed in the Maldives.

Instead, the MEA statement said, "Both sides also agreed on a set of mutually workable solutions to enable continued operation of Indian aviation platforms that provide humanitarian and medvac services to the people of Maldives".

The High Level Core Group has decided to hold their next meeting in Male' at a future date to be decided on the convenience of both countries.

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