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A US Base in the Maldives?

A US Base in the Maldives? Azra Naseem, Editor of Maldivian blog Dhivehi Sitee [http://www.dhivehisitee.com] claims in a report dated 24 April 2013 that Maldives government is in the process of signing a Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) with the United States which will allow the country to establish a military base in the atoll nation. The author has also posted a PDF copy of the Draft Agreement on the web site. Meanwhile Minivan News a mainstream news channel of the country has reproduced the report and a confirmation from the United States Embassy in Sri Lanka of discussions on the subject but the Embassy indicated that the agreement is yet to be finalized. [Both reports have not been confirmed by other sources so far] United States interest in the Indian Ocean is well established an...
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