51 Indian military personnel withdrawn, remaining to depart by May 10: Chief Spokesperson

06 May 2024 | 20:50
India gifted 'rehendi' helicopter (Photo/MNDF)

The Chief Spokesperson at the President's Office, Heena Waleed, announced today that 51 military personnel have been withdrawn from the Maldives thus far.

Speaking at a press conference held by the President's office, Heena confirmed that all military personnel are scheduled to depart by May 10.

Till date, 51 officials across two platforms have departed. By May 10, all military personnel will have left

stated Heena, emphasizing the ongoing withdrawal process.

Further details regarding the departure of the remaining personnel will be shared once they leave, Heena added.

The withdrawal of Indian troops follows discussions between Maldives government and Indian authorities, with plans in place to temporarily operate helicopters and Dornier craft with Indian civilians instead of military personnel.

The departure of the first two batches of personnel occurred in March and April, marking progress toward fulfilling President Muizzu's campaign pledge.

Foreign Ministry statements after the Fourth Meeting of the High-level Core Group between the Maldives and India, held in New Delhi on May 3rd, affirmed that all military officials would leave before May 10 as well.