Malé, Maldives – Former Maldivian High Commissioner to India Ahmed Mohamed has said that the former administration of President Abdullah Yameen Abdul Gayyoom also proposed for assistance from the Indian government for the development of a dockyard in Uthuru Thilafalhu which was later turned down by the government following requests to provide exclusive rights to India.
Maldivian High Commissioner to India during Former President Abdullah Yaameen Abdul Gayyoom’s presidency Ahmed Mohamed said while giving information to local media outlet Sun, that during their official visit India back in 2016, discussions were made regarding the development of a dockyard in North Thilafalhu.
However, later in 2018, during an official visit including Foreign Ministry officials to India, we said that the Maldivian government does not wish to proceed with the project such as that exclusive rights to the services of the dockyard are provided to India only.Former High Commissioner Ahmed Mohamed
He also added that Former Foreign Secretary of India and current External Affairs Minister Jaishankar was also present during that meeting, and that he clearly knew where the Maldivian government stood regarding the North Thilafalhu project.
The Former High Commissioner also noted that they expressed their opinion regarding the helicopter agreement saying that the Maldivian government does not wish to renew the helicopter agreement and that India can take back the helicopter.