PM Modi to attend Solih’s swearing-in ceremony in Male

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Maldives on November 17 to attend the swearing-in ceremony of President-elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.

Ministry of External Affairs official spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said that the PM Modi’s visit is not a “bilateral visit” and that the PM will return to India on the same day.

“In keeping with its neighbourhood first policy, India looks forward to closely working with Maldives in further deepening the partnership,” Kumar said.

Prime Minister Modi called President Solih and congratulated him on his victory in the Presidential elections held in Maldives in September.

The two leaders then agreed to work closely together to further strengthen the close, friendly and good neighbourly relations between the two countries.

This will be PM Modi’s first visit to Island nation after his visit got cancelled in March 2015 due to the volatile political situation.

Former President Abdulla Yameen, who was perceived to be close to China, imposed emergency in the country in February this year.

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