The new Maldives government may be looking for closer ties with India but now had to come out to refute the media reports that it will allow Indian military to set up base in the island.
None less than Maldives Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid had to refute such claims.
The Minister took to Twitter to make the government stand on the issue clear.
It need be mentioned that certain media reports had claimed the newly-formed Maldives government will allow the deployment of Indian troops on their land in exchange of financial assistance.
The Minister clarified that the Maldives government is planning to allow the establishment of an Indian military base in the Maldives in exchange for financial assistance or other material benefits.
He went on to add that Maldives will not undertake any international engagement that will compromise the sovereignty and independence of the country.
Shahid was apparently referring to a few international media reports that said India offered $1 billion in return for ‘stronger security ties’ with the island nation.
He had also claimed that the new Maldives government keeps “a strong India-first policy”.
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi had attended President Mohamed Solih’s swearing-in ceremony on 17 November 2018 in Male.>