Discussions ongoing between Maldives, India, regarding continued use of Indian aircraft

Indian officials have said discussions are ongoing between Maldives and India regarding the continued operation of India-provided helicopters and Dornier aircraft in the Maldives.

Citing Indian officials, several Indian newspapers reported that a decision on the future utilization of these aircraft will be determined after consultations with a core group to be established between the two nations.

Meanwhile, the Maldives government on Sunday announced that the Indian government has agreed to withdraw its military personnel in the Maldives. President Dr. Mohamed Muizzu conveyed this decision during a press conference upon his return to the Maldives after concluding official visits to Turkey and the UAE. The announcement followed a meeting between President Dr. Muizzu and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the COP28 Summit in the UAE.

Dr. Muizzu said the withdrawal of Indian troops from the Maldives would be in accordance with diplomatic procedures, with India extending its assistance. The President said both governments have agreed to establish a high-level committee to oversee the withdrawal process and ensure the uninterrupted continuation of various projects in the Maldives with Indian support.