The President of the country, Mohamed Muijju, has asked to withdraw the Indian troops stationed in the Maldives by March 15. On Sunday, he asked the Indian government to withdraw its troops. Abdulla Nazim Ibrahim, Chief Secretary to the President of Maldives, told the media this information.
Abdullah Nazim Ibrahim said that the Maldivian President Mohamed Muijju has instructed the Maldivian representatives to report this information directly in the ongoing meeting with the Indian authorities in Male.
According to the Indian media Hindustan Times, before coming to power, Muijju had promised during the election campaign that he would expel Indian troops from the country. He started that activity after coming to power. However, the two countries have met several times about this. Muijju also met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
So far 12 meetings have been held between India and Maldives on this issue. Initially, it seemed that Muizzu would withdraw from his position. But recently the issue of moving the army came to the fore in the issue of mocking Modi. This time Muijju seems to have made his final decision.
According to Hindustan Times, the number of Indian troops in Maldives is 77. But another media NDTV says, this number is 88.
In the midst of strained India-Maldives relations, Maldives President Mohamed Muijju took a hand in India on Saturday. After a five-day visit to China, he said in a press conference, “We may be small, so you don’t have a license to bully us.”
Recently, three Maldivian ministers had to be dismissed for posting on social media mocking Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The three dismissed Maldivian ministers are Maryam Sheuna, Malsha and Hasan Jehan.
Modi recently visited Lakshadweep, the country’s smallest autonomous region consisting of 36 islands. The purpose of his visit was to promote the tourism industry of the area of 32 square kilometers. These ministers shared some pictures and videos of Modi’s visit to Lakshadweep on social media and taunted him.
In such a situation, the Maldivian government said in a statement, ‘Those who posted such posts while in government positions have been dismissed from their jobs.’
According to Hindustan Times, many Indians decided to boycott Maldives after this incident. Most of them are tourists. This incident happened at a time when the President of Maldives Mohamed Muijju was on a visit to China. Meanwhile, he urged China to send more tourists.
On the issue of the dismissal of three ministers, the Chinese media Global Times says that India has the mentality to dominate Asia. They want to do the same in Maldives. The report also mentions that Beijing has warned Delhi not to involve or blame China in this. It has even been suggested to change our policy towards neighbors.
Fudan University’s Center for South-Asian Studies Deputy Director Lin Minwang says that Maldivian President Muijju has already changed the foreign policy. He started giving more importance to China than India. But many say that he is not doing this on purpose. He wants the good of the country first, then foreign policy.