Indian Navy Bolsters Forces near Maldives amid Strained Relations

  • 04 Mar 2024

Indian Navy strengthens presence near Maldives with a new base opening soon. President's call for Indian troop withdrawal adds tension.

Key Points

  • New Base on Lakshadweep Islands to Extend Operational Surveillance: India's Navy enhances monitoring of key shipping routes with a new base on Minicoy Island with an effort to contain China.
  • Maldives President Requests Withdrawal of Indian Troops: India asked to pull out 89 security personnel as Maldives seeks more control over its territory. Initial batch to depart by March 10.
  • Strategic Importance of Minicoy Island Highlighted: Location of new base crucial for surveillance and security operations. Navy aims to boost anti-piracy efforts in the region.
  • Expansion of Security Infrastructure in Progress: Indian Navy continues to fortify strategically vital islands against external threats. Policy includes incremental augmentation of defenses.