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