Former Maldivian Ambassador to India, Ahmed Mohamed (Andey) has responded to India's claim that the Uthuru Thilafalhu agreement was based on an agreement signed during former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom's administration.
An official from the Indian High Commission said the military agreements between the Government of India and the government of Maldives were signed under a defence cooperation agreement signed during President Yameen's administration.
In a tweet, former Ambassador Ahmed Mohamed said that defence cooperation has been between Maldives and India for a long time. Defence Cooperation is about cooperation in defence matters.
In this regard, the former Ambassador noted that the two countries have been cooperating and conducting training exercises in military matters for a long time. However, he said that Indian military personnel have not been given the opportunity to establish military personnel in the Maldives in the past 30 years.
Andey also noted that officials of the Indian High Commission were acting worried every time the Uthuru Thilafalhu agreement was being discussed. He also questioned why the government and India refuses to disclose the Uthuru Thilafalhu agreement.
Propaganda outlets of the government started writing about the UTF agreement after the Information Commissioner's Office ordered Defence Ministry to disclose the agreement within 7 days.