India is building a naval base near the Maldives amid tensions between the two countries

The Indian Navy said in a statement that the naval base would be built on Minikoi, the southernmost island of the Lakshadweep archipelago, located just 80 kilometers north of the Maldives, and that a more detailed plan would be announced on Wednesday.

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Minikoj, Photo: Screenshot/Youtube
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India's military announced today that it plans to build a new naval base southwest of its coast, near the Maldives, amid heightened tensions between the two countries over the Maldives' close ties to China.

An Indian Navy statement said the naval base would be built on Minikoi, the southernmost island of the Lakshadweep archipelago, just 80 kilometers north of the Maldives, and that a more detailed plan would be announced on Wednesday.

It added that the new base will significantly expand the operational range and facilitate the Indian Navy's efforts to combat piracy and narcotics trafficking in the western Arabian Sea.

It also said the base was part of a policy to "gradually increase security infrastructure on strategically important" islands.

Tensions between the Maldives and India have risen since the election of Mohamed Muizu as Maldivian president last year.

After coming to power, he visited China first, not India, and in February asked India to replace military personnel flying the Maldives-based humanitarian service planes with civilian technical staff.

At least 75 Indian soldiers are believed to be in the Maldives and their activities include transporting patients from remote islands and rescuing people at sea.

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