• Thursday, August 11, 2022

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Strained Ties: Maldives returns helicopter gifted by India

A Dhruv Helicopter of India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) (C) lifts off in front of a group of photographers at The HAL helicopter division in Bangalore. (Photo: DIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP/Getty Images)

By: Keerthi Mohan

In what is clearly a sign of strained ties between the two nations, Maldives has asked New Delhi to take back one of the two helicopters India had gifted to Male. Maldives wants a Dornier maritime surveillance aircraft instead of the Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopter that India had gifted, the Times of India quoted a Maldives government official as saying. Relationship between India and Maldives has not been smooth in recent times, and something that’s becoming a cause for concern for India is Maldives allowing China to make strategic inroads. China has a number of infrastructure projects in Maldives, including…

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