President asks Indian troops to withdraw before March 15

15 Jan 2024 | 07:09
president Dr.Muizzu And Indian PM Narendra Modi-- photo: voice

The President Dr.Mohamed Muizzu has ordered the withdrawal of all Indian troops from Maldives by March 15.

Presidential Office Public Policy Secretary Abdullah Nazim Ibrahim said this on the news conference held  today that president Dr. Muizzu made the request at the meeting of the "High Level Committee" of the two countries at the Foreign Ministry.

“These discussions are now underway at this meeting,” Nazim said.

The high-level committee of the two countries was formed under the agreement by President Dr. Muizzu and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a meeting in Dubai last December.

"Indian troops cannot stay in this country," Nazim told at the media briefing today.

He said what is being done now is to find ways to implement them.

Ambassador at Large Ali Naseer Mohamed, Chief of Defense Force Lt. Gen. Abdul Raheem Abdul Latheef, Foreign Ministry Secretary Hala Hameed and Maldivian Ambassador to India  Ibrahim Shaheeb are representing the government at today’s meeting of the Co-Group or High Level Committee on the withdrawal of Indian troops  from Maldives.

A special Indian team arrived in Maldives yesterday for this meeting.

During the COP-28 Summit in Dubai in last year's November, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met president Dr. Muizzu and  agreed to withdraw its troops from  Maldives.

The withdrawal of Indian troops from Maldives is the most important task President Dr. Muizzu has been doing since taking office.