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No country will be allowed to set up military base
Maldives to India
Published :Monday, 10 August, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 17
NEW DELHI, Aug 9 : Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen has assured Prime Minister Narendra Modi that his country will not allow any foreign power to set up a military base under the new law allowing foreign ownership of land, allaying India's concerns over possible expansion of Chinese strategic assets in the archipelago.
Yameen, in a letter to Modi, also assured his government will keep the Indian Ocean a "demilitarized zone", official sources said.
"Maldivian President has assured Prime Minister Modi that no country can set up a military base in Maldives and that it will be a demilitarized Indian Ocean," government sources told PTI.
Yameen's letter was handed over to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj by Maldivian foreign secretary Ali Naseer Mohamed, who left yesterday after a two-day visit here.     ?PTI










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