It was played up on account of strained ties that the Maldives had declined an invitation to join a multilateral naval exercise hosted by India next month.
But the island nation soon came out with a clarification that its decision could be seen in perspective of current circumstances of a State of Emergency back home.
played down its decision to stay away from the exercise
, underscoring that the participation of Maldives Naval officers “would have been as observers only”.
A statement of Maldives Embassy in Delhi came after the media speculated on the reasons that could have triggered this denial.
It need be mentioned that Maldives had been invited to a multi-lateral eight-day long mega naval exercise – Milan – starting 6 March.
The biennial naval exercise, first held in 1995 with just five navies, aims to expand regional cooperation and expects to have representation from 16 navies.
The decision was widely being seen as Maldives getting close to China.