Amid diplomatic row, Jaishankar holds talks with Maldives foreign minister on withdrawal of Indian troops from the island

Syllabus: GS-II

Subject: International Relations

Topic: India and its neighborhood- relations.

Issue: India-Maldives Row.

Context: Discussions on the withdrawal of Indian military personnel, as well as expediting the completion of ongoing development projects in the Maldives, and cooperation within SAARC and NAM.


Steps taken by Maldives after Mr. Muizzu came into Power:

  • Choosing Turkeyfor his first official visit as a foreign destination, unlike past Maldivian Presidents.
  • Absence from the meeting of the NSA-level Colombo Security Conclave(Member-state- India, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Mauritius).
  • Vow to change the Maldives’s ‘India First’ policyadopted under his predecessor and remove Indian military personnel from the island nation.
  • Decided not to renewthe hydrography cooperation agreement with India after its expiry on 7 June 2024.Top of FormTop of Form

Way Forward:

Diplomatic engagement and open communication to address concerns and foster understanding.

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