MP Shareef seeks defence agreements between Maldives & India

Adam Shareef, MP of Maduvvari Constituency | Photo: Maldives Parliament

Malé, Maldives – Former Defence Minister and MP of Maduvvari constituency Adam Shareef, on Wednesday, sent a letter to the Speaker of the Parliament to obtain the Uthuru Thilafalhu agreement and two other defence agreements made with the Indian government for the 241 committee.

MP Shareef, a member of the Parliament’s Security Services Committee (241 Committee) sent the letter to Speaker Mohamed Nasheed requesting to obtain the agreements made between the two friendly nations of Maldives and India. He has previously made the same request in March 2021.

Further, the former Defence Minister had requested for the agreements for hydrography and Dornier aircraft signed between the two countries.

In his letter, MP Shareef states that it is imperative to verify that there is no clause that is a threat to Maldives’ national security. Shareef said that while India and Maldives have maintained a historic friendship, actions must be taken to ensure that this friendship is not threatened as any interference with the Maldives-India relations can leave a gap for other countries to find footing in the Indian ocean.

Earlier this year an alleged Uthuruthilafalhu agreement between Maldives and India were leaked which claimed that the Indian armed forces would be stationed at Uthuru Thilafalhu for a period of thirty years with default extensions. The Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) has denied this agreement claiming it as false and stated that no such agreements have been made between Maldives and India.

The government also states that the Defense agreements between Maldives and India are classified.