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India to Withdraw Troops from Maldives, Announces Muizzu

On Sunday, Maldives President Mohamed Muizzu announced that the Indian government has agreed to withdraw its soldiers from the island nation.

Later in the day, sources in New Delhi revealed that the matter was briefly discussed in Dubai during Muizzu’s meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Discussions on the retention of Indian helicopters and operational aircraft were described as “ongoing,” and both sides agreed to establish a core group to examine the details of moving forward. “In the discussions we had, the Indian government has agreed to remove Indian soldiers,” stated Muizzu.

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The Maldives has two helicopters and an aircraft provided by India for emergency medical evacuations and disaster relief operations, operated by 77 Indian military personnel in the Maldives.

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