Last batch of Indian military personnel departs Maldives, concluding withdrawal

09 May 2024 | 21:54
Indian military personnel in Hanimaadhoo

In a notable development, Indian military personnel stationed in the country has been withdrawn.

The announcement came during a press conference held today by India's External Affairs Ministry, where spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal announced the final departure of the Indian military contingent from Maldives.

This milestone signifies the fulfillment of a pledge made by President Dr. Mohamed Muizzu.

Indian troops were deployed in the Maldives to operate Dornier aircraft and helicopters, playing a vital role in tasks such as maritime reconnaissance and medical evacuations.

However, operational control of these aircraft will now shift to civilian technical staff.

The withdrawal process was part of ongoing discussions and negotiations between Maldives and India, conducted during high-level core group meetings.

These meetings, initiated on January 14, 2024, and continued on February 2, March 17, and May 3, 2024, addressed various bilateral cooperation matters, including the withdrawal of Indian troops and operational capabilities.

Commencing on March 10, 2024, with the departure of the first batch of 25 personnel, the withdrawal process progressed with the departure of the second batch on April 9, 2024, totaling 51 individuals.

Today, on May 9, 2024, the final batch of Indian military personnel completed the withdrawal process.

This significant development highlights the strengthening of bilateral relations between Maldives and India while reaffirming the Maldives' commitment to sovereignty and regional cooperation.