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Maldives, the new battleground in India-China competition, asks India to withdraw its troops before March 15

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Maldives, the new battleground in India-China competition, asks India to withdraw its troops before March 15

A Maldivian official said today that the Maldives has requestedIndiaWithdraw local troops before March 15. The move will further strain relations between the two South Asian neighbours.

Reuters reported that Maldivian President Mohammed Muizzu won the general election last year and promised to end the Maldives’ “India First” policy. New Delhi and Beijing are competing for influence in the region.

The Indian Ocean archipelago country is deployed with a contingent of around 80 Indian military personnel to provide military equipment provided to Maldives by New Delhi authorities and assist in humanitarian operations in the region.

During talks between high-level delegations from the two countries at the Foreign Ministry, Muizou proposed that the troops be allowed to leave.

Ahmed Nazim, policy director of the Maldivian President’s Office, told reporters: “During this meeting the Maldivian delegation on behalf of President Muizzo proposed that the Indian troops be withdrawn before March 15. … This date has been decided by the government. was determined.” Especially when the President has put it on the agenda. At present discussion on this is going on.

During the campaign, Muizzu described New Delhi’s vast influence as a threat to sovereignty and promised to ask India to withdraw its troops.

Nazim also said, “The most important thing here is that Indian soldiers cannot stay in the Maldives. This is the policy of this government, the commitment of the President and the wish of the people of Maldives.”

The Indian Ministry of External Affairs confirmed that the two countries discussed a wide range of issues of bilateral cooperation, but the statement did not mention the withdrawal of troops from the Maldives.

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