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Withdrawal of Indian Troops is an Improvement in Relations with India: Minister Shareef

Minister for Cities Adam Shareef Umar has said that the withdrawal of Indian troops from Maldives has not changed the long-standing relationship between the two countries.
Speaking at a meeting with the people of Feeali, the minister said the withdrawal of Indian troops from Maldives was carried out under the noble principles of diplomacy as per the President's promise.
He said President Muizzu should be thanked for preserving the long-standing friendly relations between India and Maldives.
"Contrary to previous experience and the international community, we should be most pleased today that Indian troops are withdrawing from Maldives today without any unrest or worry," he said.
In line with President Muizzu's presidential promise, the two countries have signed an agreement to withdraw all Indian troops from Maldives before May 10th.
Under the agreement, the first batch of Indian troops was withdrawn from Maldives on March 10th. This group consisted of 26 soldiers who were operating the helicopter donated by India.
The second batch of troops was withdrawn from Maldives on the 9th of this month. Muizzu made the announcement at a rally in Addu this past Friday. The remaining Indian troops will leave Maldives before May 10th.