Two Indian military choppers to stay back in Maldives for few months

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Two choppers from the Indian military that were gifted to Maldives are expected to stay back for at least next few months, along with a 48-member crew and support staff. The development comes after military sources confirmed that talks between the two nations on their continued deployment in the island nation were “positive”.

The lease agreement of the two helicopters, given to Maldives in 2013, has expired and the island nation had conveyed to New Delhi that it would not like to retain them.

After several rounds of talks, there has been indication from Maldives about its willingness to keep the two helicopters along with the crew and support staff, the sources said.

They said the preliminary outcome of the talks between the two countries on the issue has been positive and there was a possibility of the choppers being kept there for a longer duration.

“The helicopters and the support staff are not being brought back,” a highly-placed source said.

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