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Bold step by Maldives President Mohamed Muizzu: No Indian soldiers allowed after China agreement

Maldivian President Mohamed Muizzu has once again created controversy with his recent statement regarding Indian soldiers in the country. Following military agreements with China, Muizzu announced that no Indian soldier, even in plain clothes, would be allowed to stay in the Maldives after May 10. Let us explore this bold stance and its implications in detail.

1. Mohamed Muizzu’s claim: No Indian soldiers allowed

Mohamed Muizzu's claim: No Indian soldiers allowed

  • Muizzu reiterated that his government has successfully expelled Indian troops from the Maldives.
  • Despite rumors that Indian troops may return secretly, Muizzu confirmed that no Indian troops would be allowed in after 10 May, regardless of dress.

2. Military agreements with China

Military agreements with China

  • In light of the growing relations between Maldives and China, two important military agreements have been signed.
  • These agreements signal deepening of military ties, with China pledging unconditional military assistance to the Maldives.

3. Increasing diplomatic tension with India

Increasing diplomatic tension with India

  • Tension has increased between India and Maldives after controversial comments by Maldivian ministers following Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Lakshadweep.
  • Muizzu’s visit to China worsened the situation amid the diplomatic controversy that culminated in his recent bold statements.

4. Background: Diplomatic dispute

  • Mohamed Muizzu’s vocal stance comes after a series of diplomatic spats between India and Maldives, including the suspension of Maldivian ministers over objectionable comments.
  • Muizzu’s visit to China coincided with rising tensions, indicating a shift in the Maldives’ diplomatic alignment.

5. Implications of China-Maldives alliance

China-Maldives alliance

The military agreements between China and the Maldives raise concerns about the security dynamics of the Indian Ocean region.

China’s participation, including the presence of its research ship Jiang Yang Hong-3, could impact regional maritime research and security.

6. Maldives assumed control

Maldives has announced its decision to independently operate helicopters provided by India. Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF) Colonel Ahmed Mujuthaba Mohammed said Indian technical experts will work under the direction of Maldives.

7. Deploying technical experts

India has sent the first team of technical experts to operate modern helicopters in Maldives. These experts will replace the military personnel returning to India. The deployment process is to be completed in two phases.

8. Compromise and tension

In the talks between the officials of both the countries, it was agreed to withdraw the military personnel by May 10 and deploy technical experts in their place. India-Maldives relations came under strain after China-leaning President Muizzu requested to withdraw 88 Indian troops deployed in Maldives.


Mohamed Muizzu’s announcement regarding Indian troops reflects the evolving geopolitical scenario in the Indian Ocean region. With the Maldives pursuing closer ties with China, the impact of these developments on regional security and diplomatic relations remains to be seen. As tensions rise between India and Maldives, the future of their relations hangs in the balance.

The emerging dynamics between India and Maldives highlight the importance of diplomatic dialogue and strategic partnership in maintaining regional stability.

As both countries adapt to these changes, cooperation and communication remain important to preserve mutual interests and promote bilateral relations. Stay informed as developments unfold in this developing relationship.

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