The Opposition Progressive Coalition has sent a letter to the President’s Office calling to disclose the agreement made with India for the development of the Uthuru Thila Falhu dockyard.
The agreement has caused public controversy with many calling for the disclosure of the document amidst rumors that the agreement favored India.
The coalition today, even attempted to deliver a giant board of the letter printed out, sent to the President. The activists of the coalition were stopped near the Parliament as they were on their way to deliver the giant board. Two people from the activists were allowed to walk to the President’s Office to deliver the actual letter.
The letter read that every time MDP gained power, the party committed acts that threaten the sovereignty and independence of the nation and that agreements signed with foreign companies and foreign nations were extremely concerning to the public.
The letter also reminded the President of his pledges when he said that he would defend the nation. The letter read that the signing of unknown and shady agreements with India caused a lot of concern for the public.
Also, the letter noted other instances of agreements made with India such as the Helicopter agreement, Dornier Surveillance flight agreement, Radar Installation agreements, Hydrographic survey agreements as well, before calling to disclose the agreement for the benefit of public peace.
Opposition parties have previously claimed that the agreements for the Dornier aircraft, UTF allowed India to station armed military personnel of the nation in the Maldives, something that the Maldivian government has denied.
MNDF has also refused to disclose the UTF agreement based on national security reasons.