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The new president of Maldives asked India to withdraw its army

Patrick D Costa

According to his election promise, the President of Maldives, Mohammad Muijju, formally requested India to withdraw its troops on Saturday.

According to his election promise, the President of Maldives, Mohammad Muijju, formally requested India to withdraw its troops on Saturday. In a meeting with India’s Geology Minister Kiren Rijiju at his office, Muijju said New Delhi should withdraw the troops deployed for patrolling the three air patrols gifted from the strategic islands. However, he did not specify any time frame for withdrawing the army or how many personnel should be withdrawn.

Muijju won the presidential election last September. He was sworn in as the President of Maldives last Friday. Muijju is known as China Ghensa. He defeated the then Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Salih in the election. Salih is known as pro-Indian. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was invited to Muijju’s swearing-in ceremony. But instead of Modi, India was represented at the event by Earth Science Minister Kiren Rijiju.

Muijju said shortly after being sworn in that there would be no foreign military personnel in the Maldives. When it comes to our safety, I will mark a limit. Maldives will respect other countries as well. India’s defense ministry did not immediately respond to a request for a response from the Maldivian president.

A senior Indian government official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the governments of both countries would discuss workable solutions for continued cooperation. However, this official did not clarify whether India will withdraw its troops from Maldives.

About 75 members of Indian Army are present in Maldives. Muijju made an election promise to withdraw all Indian troops from the Maldives. There is a rivalry between India and China for influence in the Indian Ocean island nation.

A statement from the Maldives President’s office was issued on Saturday. The statement said that he was empowered by the people of Maldives to request India to withdraw its troops. Therefore, he hopes that India will respect the democratic will of the people of Maldives. News from Reuters and BBC.

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