Statement by the Government of Maldives on media reports related to an Indian Military base in the Maldives

The Government of Maldives categorically refutes media reports alleging that it is planning to allow the establishment of an Indian military base in the Maldives, in exchange for financial assistance or other material benefits. The allegations are baseless, and aimed at discrediting the efforts of the Government as it starts to rebuild good relations with its neighbours and the rest of the international community.

The Government assures the Maldivian people, that it will always act in the national interest of the Maldives, and will not undertake any international engagement that will compromise the sovereignty and independence of the country.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Maldives