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Indian High Commission Dismisses Maldives’ Claim Of Unauthorised Sortie In 2019

India has refuted claims made by Maldivian Defence Minister Ghassan Maumoon who alleged that Indian military helicopter pilots stationed in the Maldives conducted an unauthorised operation in 2019. The High Commission of India in the Maldives released a statement asserting that Indian aviation platforms in the Maldives have consistently operated according to agreed procedures and with proper authorisation. This clarification comes in the wake of India completing the withdrawal of 76 military personnel from the Maldives, following a demand by Maldivian President Mohamed Muizzu. Tensions between India and the Maldives have escalated since Muizzu, considered a pro-China leader, assumed power in November last year. Muizzu had set May 10 as the deadline for t...
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India extends budgetary support of $50m to Maldives | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Following the recent visit of Maldives foreign minister Moosa Zameer, India has extended budgetary support of $50 million to the island nation. The support is in the form of a roll-over of $50 million Treasury Bill for an additional year, through the State Bank of India, Male, from May 13, 2024.Thanking his counterpart S Jaishankar for the support, Zameer said this was a "true gesture of goodwill" which signified the long-standing friendship between the two countries."Govt of India's decision to roll over the T-Bill came following a request to that effect made by foreign minister Moosa Zameer to India's external affairs minister . Jaishankar, during the official bilateral visit to India from 8-10 May, 2024. The Govt of Maldives is highly appreciative of the generous support t...
India rolls over $50-mn loan on ‘request’ by Muizzu govt, easing Maldives’ growing debt crisis
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India rolls over $50-mn loan on ‘request’ by Muizzu govt, easing Maldives’ growing debt crisis

New Delhi: India Monday agreed to roll over a $50 million loan to the Maldives after the Mohamed Muizzu government made a special request to “secure budgetary support” from New Delhi, said the Indian High Commission in Malé.The roll-over temporarily eases the debt repayment schedule of the island nation, which is set to spike to over $1.07 billion in 2026. “State Bank of India has subscribed for one more year the USD 50 million Government Treasury Bill, issued by Ministry of Finance of Maldives…The continuation of subscription has been made at the special request of the Government of Maldives to secure budgetary support from the Government of India,” the Indian High Commission said on X. Show Full Article The roll-over of the $50 mi...
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Maldives Pilots Not Capable Of Flying Dornier, Helicopters Donated By India: Defence Minister

Male: The Maldives military still does not have pilots capable of operating three aircraft donated by India, Defence Minister Ghassan Maumoon has acknowledged, days after 76 Indian defence personnel left the island nation at the instance of Maldives President Mohamed Muizzu. Ghassan made the remarks at a press conference held at the President's Office here on Saturday to brief the media about the withdrawal of Indian soldiers stationed in the Maldives to operate two helicopters and a Dornier aircraft and their replacement with civilians from India. Responding to a question from a journalist, Ghassan said there were no Maldivian soldiers with the Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF) who can operate the three aircraft donated by the Indian military despi...
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Video | Maldives Minister Responds To Remarks Against India: “Won’t Get Repeated…”

In an exclusive interview to ANI on May 09, Maldivian Foreign Minister stated that stand of Maldivian Government on derogatory remarks against India is that it shouldn't have been done. Further he assured that proper action is being taken regarding the same so that such things don't get repeated. He said, "If you have seen as you said, we have said that it's not the stand of the government or we believe that it shouldn't have been done. We are taking proper action to make sure that this doesn't get repeated. There has been a misunderstanding, in social media. The governments of Maldives and India understand what has happened and we have passed that stage now." On Indian tourist figures declining in Maldives, Foreign Minister of Maldives, Moosa Zameer said, "I th...
Maldives Foreign Minister meets Jaishankar in Delhi — debt relief, security, tourism discussed
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Maldives Foreign Minister meets Jaishankar in Delhi — debt relief, security, tourism discussed

New Delhi: Maldives Foreign Minister Moosa Zameer held a bilateral meeting with his Indian counterpart Dr S. Jaishankar in the national capital Thursday, where a host of issues — regional security, debt relief, tourism, disaster relief mechanisms, among others — were discussed.Zameer is currently visiting India, marking the first high-level trip from Male to New Delhi, since Maldivian President Mohammed Muizzu came into power last year after leading an ‘India-out’ election campaign. Zameer’s visit coincides with the departure of the last batch of Indian military personnel from Maldives, stationed to support three aviation platforms in the archipelago country. These military personnel are scheduled to leave on 10 May. Their withdrawal from the Maldivian territory was a major demand of th...
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Maldives Foreign Minister In India Amid LS Polls To Push For ‘Debt Concessions’ From Modi Govt

India-Maldives: Maldives Foreign Minister Moosa Zameer undertook his ongoing visit to New Delhi to “garner concessions” for his country from the Narendra Modi government by way of major debt relief on the various lines of credit (LoC) given by New Delhi to Malé, even as the archipelago nation has openly take a pro-China stance under President Mohamed Muizzu, ABPLIVE has learnt.  This is Zameer’s maiden visit to India since becoming the Foreign Minister of Maldives, and comes as India is thick in the middle of its Lok Sabha election. During his visit, Zameer met External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and the two held delegation-level talks. According to diplomatic sources, the main focus of the discussion was debt-relief measures – Malé, they said, wants New Delhi to f...
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‘Looking forward to …’: Maldives foreign minister arrives in India amid strained ties | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Maldivian foreign minister Moosa Zameer has arrived in India for his first bilateral official visit amid strained ties between the two countries. In a post on X, he expressed his enthusiasm for engaging in fruitful discussions, fortifying the relationship between the two nations, and immersing himself in the rich culture of India.The ministry of external affairs (MEA) also announced his arrival on X, extending a warm welcome and highlighting the upcoming discussions on bilateral and regional matters, as well as efforts to strengthen the multifaceted relationship between the two countries. According to the MEA release, foreign minister Zameer is scheduled to meet external affairs minister S Jaishankar to address issues of mutual interest."Moosa Zameer, minister of foreign affa...
Maldives foreign minister to arrive in Delhi tonight — debt repayment, China, defence on agenda
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Maldives foreign minister to arrive in Delhi tonight — debt repayment, China, defence on agenda

New Delhi: Maldives Foreign Minister Moosa Zameer is visiting India, amid strained ties with New Delhi. He is likely to discuss his country’s pending debt repayments, and the withdrawal of Indian military personnel from Maldives, which is due to be completed on 10 May.This is the first high-level trip from Male to New Delhi, after Maldivian President Mohamed Muizzu won the presidency last year after leading an ‘India-out’ election campaign.  Since assuming office, Muizzu has purchased drones from Turkey for patrolling the country’s maritime area, and made his first official state visit to China, where he inked over 20 agreements. Show Full Article Meanwhile, he has been tough on India by pushing for the removal of Indian military tr...
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India, Maldives To Firm Up Relationship Roadmap With Zameer’s Visit As Malé Gets Close To China

India-Maldives: Bilateral ties between India and Maldives are set to take a decisive turn with the maiden visit of their Foreign Minister Moosa Zameer amid a raging row between the countries over the withdrawal of Indian military personnel from the island nation even as the Mohamed Muizzu government deepens its relationship with China. Zameer will be arriving in New Delhi late Wednesday evening and, on Thursday, he will be holding bilateral talks with his Indian counterpart S. Jaishankar. The visit comes at a time when India is deep in its election season and the Model Code of Conduct is in force, and less than a month since President Muizzu’s party registered a landslide victory in the Maldives’ parliamentary elections. The victory of the People’s National Congress (P...