Spokesperson Firuzul refutes Nasheed's allegations over stationing Indian troops.

08 Oct 2023 | 22:40
Mohamed Firzul spokesperson

President-elect Dr. Muizzu's spokesperson, Mohamed Firzul, has responded to Speaker of the Parliament, Mohamed Nasheed, who claimed that Indian forces would continue to be stationed in the Maldives even during Muizzu's presidency.

Speaking to The Hindu, Nasheed stated that like President Solih's administration, Dr Muizzu's administration will have Indian forces stationed in the Maldives. Speaking with a newspaper Nasheed affirmed that Dr Muizzu was open to having roughly 75 Indian soldiers in the Maldives during this administration.  

Speaking at a press conference organised by the President-elect's Office, Firzul said Nasheed's comments were not made in any way in consultation with the president-elect. 

The President-elect's stand on India and other countries is firm. The president-elect will never be averse to having soldiers from any other country on our soil. It is the decision taken by the people of the country. At the same time, the president-elect is very clear in his stand 

Said Mohamed Firzul

Firzul further stated that Nasheed lamented the words made by the president, who is of Muiz descent, and that the decision of the people of the country is in conflict with that. Additionally, he urged people not to spread untrue rumours like these.

We regret the remarks made by the Speaker of Parliament against the decision of the people of the Maldives. I am also particularly disappointed that he referred to Dr. Muizzu, the President-elect and please don't do that

Said Mohamed Firzul

The withdrawal of Indian troops from the Maldives is one of the most important promises made by Dr Muizzu during the presidential election. He also appealed to Indian Ambassador to the Maldives Munu Mahavaram to help India fulfill the promise and implement the people's verdict.