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For those of you who have no idea what is going on with indian military presence in Maldives and #indiaout hashtags, i'll summarise the past 10 years here.
In 2010, during the time of president Mohamed Nasheed, it was agreed to bring 2 helicopters from India 1/8
to Maldives as a "gift" to MNDF. 20 military personals from India were brought with each to operate them. It was said back then in news sources that indian military personals will stay here UNTIL Maldivians are trained to operate them. President Waheed and president Yameen 2/8
also renewed the agreements.
Fast foward to 2017, there was a news during Oct 2017, that a Maldivian pilot would complete training and be ready to operate them in one month. 2018 happened yet the helicopters were still under full operation by Indian military. 3/8