Maldives Defence Minister Mariya Defends Presence of Indian Heptrs

Opposition has been questioning presence of Indian helicopter detachments essentially for emergency medical evacuation and S&R missions.

Sun online Maldives reported that Defense Minister Mariya Ahmed Didi has said that migrants in the country pose a bigger threat to national security than Indian army pilots who operate two helicopters in the Maldives. Around 50 Indian army personnel including pilots and technical staff are in the Maldives to operate the two helicopters donated by India to the Maldives.

This has been a point of concern by the opposition parties who claim that this is an infringement and danger to Maldivian independence. Minister Mariya responded to the claims that foreign military personnel was involved in Maldivian armed forces on the “FalaSurukhee” program of Raajje TV when she said that India had no military bases in the country and that the claims were just regarding the helicopter pilots and staffs of India. ..................


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