No foreign military assistance requested, assures Defense Minister

Defence Minister Adam Shareef (R) and Chief of the Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) Major General Ahmed Shiyam (L) at the meeting held to mark Victory Day on November 3, 2017. MIHAARU PHOTO / NISHAN ALI

Defense Ministry on Sunday denied claims that the government had requested for foreign military assistance.

Indian newspaper “The Times of India” had reported that president Yameen’s government requested for Chinese military assistance after the state of emergency was declared in the country. The opposition had also been voicing the same accusations. The newspaper had claimed that the government’s request was declined by China.

In a statement released by the Defence Ministry, the government expressed concern and dismissed the reports as false.

It assured that the government made no request for any outside military assistance in relation to the current developments in the country. It also noted that the Maldives has the capacity to solve its internal domestic issues.

The statement also called to respect the country’s sovereignty, as it was capable of upholding and protecting the elected government and the state while solving all domestic disputes according to the Maldivian Constitution and laws.

After the government failed to implement the landmark apex court ruling of February 1, and the subsequent arrest of former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom and two Supreme Court Justices, the leader of Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) Mohamed Nasheed had called on the Indian government to send an envoy backed by the military to help resolve the situation.

A state of emergency was declared last Monday with the escalation of political turmoil in the country.

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