The Indian High Commission in Male’ has told local newspaper Haveeru that there will be a delay in the introduction of sniffer dogs to combat drug trafficking.
Despite a request last June from the Maldives Police Service (MPS), an official from the High Commission said that the MPS had told them that the appropriate environment in which to keep the animals was not yet ready.
Police media official Sub Inspector Hassan Haneef told the paper that the plan will still go ahead with the assistance of the Indian government.
Armed forces, police and other relevant authorities are on alert for the SAARC Summit, Joint Inter Agency Taskforce Commander Hassan Ziyad said. Heads of State from the South Asian region, including high-profile leaders of India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, will be arriving in Addu City starting November 5.
Ziyad told local media Haveeru that the heads of states are “considered high risk even in their own countries,” and that respective domestic security threats are being taken into account by SAARC security forces.
All attending countries are providing security measures. Indian surveillance aircraft and navy vessels are patrolling the areas around Addu City and Fuvahmulah.
Ziyad has said that six teams of sniffer dogs provided by Sri Lanka are among the most trusted security measures.
During a press conference last week, National Security Advisor Ameen Faisal assured that security was tight and “there is no risk at all, we aren’t even bothered about it.”
The armed forces will be on alert commencing Tuesday for the SAARC Summit to be held from November 10-11.