The Maldivian Coast Guard denied the presence of any foreign spies operating within the marine territory of Maldives, during a news conference held at the Coast Guard building on Tuesday.
Coast Guard's Brigadier General Ali Zuhair stated that false rumours were being circulated with the intention to incite fear among the public.
Highlighting rumours regarding foreign soldiers, particularly concerning Indian military personnel stationed within Maldives to aid local troops, the Brigadier General offered his assurances that all such claims were false
The Coast Guard commander also ensured the safety of all citizens, stating that monitoring activities were carried out around the clock. In addition, he stated the Coast Guard would move to halt any foreign intelligence activity that was detected.
At the press conference, local media outlet Mihaaru queried as to whether the Indian soldiers currently watching over the two helicopters gifted by the Indian government could be gathering intelligence.
In response, the Brigadier General stated that the Coast Guard would not remain idle if such activities took place.
Brigadier General Ali Zuhair also stated that the Indian soldiers were operating in accordance with the Coast Guard's directive.
The Indian military granted Maldives the first helicopter in 2010 following an agreement which was renewed in 2012 and 2014. Former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom signed the agreement for the second helicopter in 2015, although he later decided to return both aircrafts, after relations between the two countries deteriorated.
Brigadier General Ali Zuhair stated that efforts are underway to resume helicopter operations, following the current administration's decision to retain both aircrafts in Maldives.