Comprehensive measures will be developed for 24-hour surveillance of Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ): President

05 Feb 2024 | 11:04
A fast interceptor craft of Maldives

President Dr Muizzu declared today while delivering the presidential address  that the Maldives will establish comprehensive measures for 24-hour surveillance of its Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ).

The announcement comes as part of the nation's commitment to safeguarding its maritime territories.

In his presidential address, President Muizzu highlighted the importance of monitoring the vast 900,000 square kilometers of the EEZ for 24 hours.

Ways to monitor 900,000 km of EEZ for 24 hours will be developed in Maldives Defence

President stated

This announcement follows the revelation that an experienced team is actively pursuing diplomatic actions to reclaim lost areas in the sea.

The President's commitment to reinforcing security measures in the EEZ aligns with the broader strategy to protect and assert Maldives' maritime sovereignty.

The urgency of this move was emphasized by recent incidents, notably the illegal boarding of a Maldivian fishing vessel within the Maldivian Exclusive Economic Zone by Indian troops.

Reports suggest that multiple fishing vessels faced similar incursions, highlighting the need for enhanced surveillance and security measures in the region.

The President's announcement underscores the administration's dedication to addressing such challenges and ensuring the protection of Maldives' maritime interests.

As the nation gears up to develop advanced surveillance measures, it signals a proactive stance in maintaining control over its Exclusive Economic Zones.