Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Indian Helicopters Still in Maldives, Breach June 30 Deadline; Were ‘Gifted’ in 2013

New Delhi: India is yet to take back the helicopters it had given to Maldives, despite the Maldives giving a deadline of June 30 for the same.

The two Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopters were said to be a gift from India to Maldives in 2013. One of them was operated by the Indian Coast Guard and the other one by the Indian Navy.The Maldivian government under Abdulla Yameen made it clear earlier this year that it wanted India to take back the copters and the crew, which includes around 6 pilots, by the end of June.
copters and the crew, which includes around 6 pilots, by the end of June.

Highly placed sources told News18 that India had written to Maldives recently for an extension on the deadline. Interestingly, visas of the Indian personnel have also expired.

While it is unlikely that Maldives will deport the Indian personnel, the island nation has not agreed for an extension of the deadline. News18 had sent out relevant queries to the Ministry of External Affairs and Ministry of Defence, for which a response is awaited.
02/07/18 Ashwarya Kumar/News 18

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