President Muizzu reluctant to send back Indian troops: Yameen

07 Feb 2024 | 16:27
Former President Abdulla Yameen

Former Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayyoom has voiced apprehensions about the presence of Indian troops in the Maldives, suggesting that President Muizzu may not be inclined to send them back.

Yameen's comments come in response to remarks made by Jumhooree Party President Gasim Ibrahim in parliament on Monday.

Addressing an emergency motion passed in Parliament regarding the illegal boarding of Indian Coast Guard into Maldivian fishing vessels, Gasim Ibrahim ascribed differences and issues between the two countries to former President Abdulla Yameen.

Yameen, however, rejected these claims, emphasizing that his stance on sending back Indian troops was for the benefit of his country.

  I got up for a country's call, for a national call. For sure, today, fishermen in the country will agree that I got up for a nation's call


highlighting the absence of personal problems between the countries during his "India Out" campaign.

Yameen further criticized the disrespectful comments made by three deputy ministers, including Malsha Shareef, Mariam Shiuna, and Abdulla Mahzoom Majid, towards Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi suggesting that this is the reason for the current conflicts between India and Maldives.

It is important to note that these derogatory remarks led to their suspension.

The former president attributed the strained relations with India to the previous administration of President Mohamed Solih, accusing it of allowing Indian troops into the Maldives by signing suspicious agreements. 

Yameen further raised concerns about these undisclosed agreements between the two countries and questioned why the current government has not shared details of these agreements.

Yameen then talked about the government not nullifying the resolution made by the previous government against india out campaign deeming it as a like a national threat .

The President has not nullified the resolution and will not nullify it, this suggests that President Muizzu does not want to send back the troops


Recent tensions between the Maldives and India escalated when the Indian Coast Guard illegally boarded Maldivian fishing vessels in the Maldives exclusive economic zone.

The Maldivian Foreign Ministry has formally requested an explanation from the Indian government for this incident.