Deploying civilian personnel in place of Indian soldiers to operate aviation platforms acquired from India: Maldives

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Maldivian Foreign Minister Musa Zameer said that 76 Indian military personnel in the country have been replaced by civilian employees of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). The helicopters gifted by India were manufactured by HAL. With this, the doubt over the exact number of people returning home has also ended.

Male . Maldives Foreign Minister Musa Zameer on Saturday said that 76 Indian military personnel in the country have been replaced by civilian employees of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). HAL manufactured the helicopters gifted by India. In this way the doubt over the exact number of people returning home was also ended. Indian military personnel deployed to operate two platforms of helicopters and Dornier aircraft in the Maldives were sent back by Friday, as per the May 10 deadline set after an agreement between the two countries in February in New Delhi.

The agreement was the result of a demand made by pro-China President Mohammad Muizzu within hours of his taking office in November. Local media reports referenced Jamir addressing a press conference a day after his return from his first official visit to India, detailing the presence of Indian troops deployed in Hanimadhoo, Kadhadhoo and Gaan. Meanwhile, a news portal report quoted Jamir as saying, “26 soldiers were removed from Gaan between March 7 and March 9, while another 25 soldiers were removed from Hanimadhu between April 7 and April 9 and on Tuesday 12 soldiers were removed from Kadhadhu. The last batch of 13 soldiers returned home from Kadhadhu on Thursday.”

The Maldives government had earlier said that documents showed that there are 89 Indian soldiers operating two military helicopters and one Dornier aircraft in the Maldives. Jamir said civilian employees of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), which manufactures the helicopters gifted by India, have come to replace the Indian military personnel.

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