Updated: July 28, 2022 4:50 p.m. STI
New Delhi [India]July 28 (ANI): The President of the Maldives, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, is due to visit India next week to review the progress made in this far-reaching partnership between the two countries.
During his visit to India, Solih will meet President Draupadi Murmu and have talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Speaking at a press briefing, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will also visit the President of the Maldives.
“The President of the Maldives, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, will pay an official visit to India from August 1 to 4. President Solih will be accompanied by senior officials and a business delegation. During the visit, President Solih will meet with the President of India and will have talks with the Prime Minister. The Foreign Minister will visit President Solih,” Bagchi said.
“Besides his official engagements in New Delhi, President Solih will hold a discussion with an Indian business delegation. During his visit, he will travel to Mumbai and participate in business events there,” he added.
The MEA spokesperson noted that the Maldives is India’s main neighbor in the Indian Ocean region and holds a special place in the country’s neighborhood first policy.
“Over the past few years, the partnership has grown rapidly in all areas of the partnership and President Solih’s upcoming visit will be an opportunity for the two leaders to review progress in this far-reaching partnership and provide guidance. to both parties who have lent more momentum to this strong partnership that we have,” he said.
For India, the Maldives has always been a close and important maritime neighbour. The multifaceted ties between the two countries have strengthened despite the disruptions linked to the pandemic.
India’s “Neighborhood First” policy and the Maldives’ “India First” policy work in tandem to address common concerns and advance mutual interests.
Last March, President Solih underscored the positive role played by India in the country’s affairs over the past two years.
In a nationwide address, Solih thanked the Indian government for its role in helping his country deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, including offering vaccines.
Solih mentioned several friendly bilateral partners. However, he singled out New Delhi for helping the Maldives’ COVID-19 response efforts. (ANI)