Prime Minister Narendra Modi leaves for the Maldives a short while from now to attend the swearing-in ceremony of new President-elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih in Male today.
This will be PM Modi’s maiden visit to the Maldives as the Prime Minister. He will also have delegation talks with Solih after the swearing-in ceremony and return to New Delhi late evening.
Prime minister said he will convey to the new Maldivian Government the desire of the Indian Government to work closely for the realization of their developmental priorities, especially in areas of infrastructure, health care, connectivity & human resource development.
He said India strongly desire to see a stable, democratic, prosperous and peaceful Republic of Maldives. Solih won the Presidential elections held in September defeating incumbent President Abdulla Yameen.
The Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the elections represent the collective aspirations of the people for democracy, rule of law and a prosperous future. The smooth transfer of power will mark the restoration of democracy in the Maldives as well as a major diplomatic boost for India.