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Sushma Swaraj begins two-day visit to Maldives on Sunday


NEW DELHI: External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj will trip to the Maldives on a two-day talk over with beginning Sunday, within the first full-fledged bilateral shuttle from India to the island nation after the government of President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih came to energy in November.

Announcing the talk over with, the ministry of external affairs (MEA) said it is aimed at further strengthening the "close and friendly" relations between the two nations.

"India attaches the highest importance to its relationship with the Maldives which is marked by trust, transparency, mutual understanding and sensitivity," the MEA said.

In Male, Swaraj could have a bilateral assembly with foreign minister Abdulla Shahid and delegation-level talks with defence minister Mariya Ahmed Didi, finance minister Ibrahim Ameer, nationwide planning and infrastructure minister Mohamed Aslam, Transport and civil aviation minister Aishath Nahula and financial construction minister Fayyaz Ismail.

"The ministers will review the entire gamut of bilateral relations and discuss future programme of action," the MEA said.

Foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale and a lot of senior officers will accompany Swaraj all the way through the shuttle.

Swaraj may also name on President Solih on Monday and speaker of the Parliament Qasim Ibrahim on Sunday. Minister of home affairs Sheikh Imran Abdulla may also name on Swaraj.

Officials said it will be the primary full-fledged bilateral talk over with on the political level from India to the Maldives after the new government assumed workplace.

They said Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the Maldives in November only to wait Solih's swearing-in rite and no substantive dialogue had taken position then.

Sources said the Maldives was acutely aware of Indian government's obstacles because of the election code of behavior and that Swaraj's talk over with might be to support overall ties which came beneath strain all the way through the presidentship of Abdulla Yameen, who was identified to be on the subject of China.

Solih had visited India in December remaining yr all the way through which India introduced a $ 1.four billion monetary help to the island nation.


The two nations had additionally agreed to stay conscious of each other's considerations and aspirations for the stableness of the Indian Ocean area and not permit their respective territories to be used for any job inimical to their pursuits.


Relations between India and the Maldives deteriorated after the then President Abdulla Yameen imposed emergency on February five remaining yr.


India had criticised his determination and requested his government to restore the credibility of the electoral and political procedure by liberating political prisoners. The emergency lasted for 45 days.


Solih turned into president in November after he defeated Yameen in presidential elections.


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