Review of Indian Military Personnel Withdrawal from Maldives

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Review of Indian Military Personnel Withdrawal from Maldives

New Delhi and Male recently engaged in a detailed assessment of the ongoing process of removing Indian military personnel from the Maldives, aligning with the Maldivian government's requirement to finalize the withdrawal by May 10. The meeting, the fourth of its kind between the core groups overseeing the transition of Indian military personnel to civilian experts, was held in New Delhi to address logistical arrangements and operational concerns.

A significant aspect of the review involved discussions on maintaining the operation of Indian aviation platforms that cater to humanitarian and medevac services for the Maldivian people. The statements from the external affairs ministry and the Maldivian foreign ministry highlighted the commitment from both sides to ensure a smooth handover, emphasizing the replacement of military personnel at the final aviation platform by the stipulated deadline of May 10. As part of the withdrawal process, India has already removed two batches of military personnel from the Maldives, allowing for the deployment of civilian experts responsible for managing and operating essential aviation assets like helicopters and aircraft.

President Mohamed Muizzu's administration in the Maldives has been proactive in reshaping international alliances, including efforts to strengthen ties with China and diversify partnerships with countries like Sri Lanka, China, and Turkey. This strategic shift has led to the signing of agreements for various services, such as medical support, food supplies, and military equipment, indicating a broader geopolitical realignment in the region away from dependence on traditional partners like India.