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President Muizzu and PM Modi Discuss Key Issues at COP28

President Dr. Mohammed Muizzu of the Maldives, who assumed office on November 17, 2023, recently held a significant meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This meeting, conducted on the sidelines of the COP28 UN Climate Change Conference in Dubai, marks an important moment in the evolving relationship between the Maldives and India.
The official Twitter handle of the President’s office, @Presidencymv, reported that the discussion focused on cooperation and issues crucial to both nations. Though specific details of the meeting held on December 1 remain undisclosed, it is believed that the leaders addressed sensitive matters directly impacting the Maldivian populace.
A key point of interest in this dialogue likely centered around the presence of Indian military personnel in the Maldives. Since his inauguration, President Muizzu has been vocal about his commitment to removing Indian military forces from Maldivian soil, a major pledge of his presidency. This topic was first broached during his initial meeting with the Indian Minister of Science, who attended his inauguration ceremony.
While the exact nature of the discussions between President Muizzu and Prime Minister Modi has not been revealed, it is widely speculated that the issue of Indian military presence was a primary agenda item. This matter holds significant importance for the Maldivian people, reflecting President Muizzu's responsiveness to public sentiment and his dedication to national sovereignty.
The tweet from the President's office hints at discussions on "matters of concern and sensitivities" for the people of the Maldives, further underscoring the likelihood of the military presence being a focal point. The meeting's outcomes, while not yet public, are anticipated to have a substantial impact on the future trajectory of Maldives-India relations.