Maldives President Mohammad Muijju has given an ultimatum to New Delhi to withdraw Indian troops in the midst of a wide tension in bilateral diplomatic relations. He gave New Delhi a deadline to withdraw Indian troops from the island nation. Mohammad Muijju said that the Indian troops should leave the Maldives by March 15. This information was informed in a report of Indian media NDTV on Sunday.
Mohammad Muijju gave this ultimatum after his first state visit to China after winning the election last November and returning home after meeting with President Xi Jinping. Abdullah Nazim Ibrahim, Public Policy Officer of the Maldives President’s Office, said Indian troops cannot stay in the Maldives. It is the president. Mohammed Muijju and the policies of his administration.
According to Indian local media, there are currently 88 Indian military personnel present in the Maldives. The country’s president announced two months ago that no foreign troops could be stationed in the Maldives. He said it will be ensured that there will be no foreign military presence on Maldives soil.
Mohammad Muijju wooed Maldivian voters with his anti-India stance in last November’s elections. He has set a deadline for the withdrawal of Indian troops from the country to implement the election promise.
Maldives and India set up a high-level core group to discuss troop withdrawal. The first meeting of this group was held at the headquarters of the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the capital Male on Sunday morning. Local media reported that Indian High Commissioner Munu Mahawar was also present in the meeting.
Confirming the meeting, Abdullah Nazim Ibrahim said that the main agenda of the discussion was to call for the withdrawal of Indian troops by March 15. The Indian government did not immediately confirm or comment on the media reports.
The withdrawal of Indian troops from the Maldives was one of Muizju’s key election promises. The diplomatic spat between the two countries has reached its peak over controversial posts by three Maldivian ministers on social media about Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Lakshadweep. In the midst of this, while talking to reporters on Saturday after returning from China on his first state visit, Muijju said, “Our country may be small,” referring to India. But they are not given the license to bully us. We are not in anyone’s backyard. We are a free and sovereign state.”
On a visit to China, Muijju urged Beijing to take steps to attract more investment and send Chinese tourists to the Maldives.