India, Maldives released Joint StatementIndia and Maldives released a Joint Statement on November 17, 2018 after extensive talks between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and His Excellency Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, President of the Republic of Maldives in Male.Modi was on a one day visit to the Maldives to attend the historic swearing-in ceremony of Solih. On the occasion, the Prime Minister thanked Maldives President Solih for the special gesture of inviting him to the Inauguration Ceremony. He also conveyed greetings and compliments from the people of India to the people of the Republic of Maldives on the consolidation of democracy, which is essential for peace, prosperity and stability.Highlights of the Joint Statement
The two leaders, while noting the resilience of the relations between India and the Maldives, expressed confidence in the renewal of the close bonds of cooperation and friendship with the election of Solih as the President of the Maldives.
Peace and Security
The leaders also agreed on the importance of maintaining peace and security in the Indian Ocean and being mindful of each other’s concerns and aspirations for the stability of the region.
The leaders also expressed their unwavering commitment and support for increased cooperation in combating terrorism both within the region and elsewhere.
Economic Development Partnership
Maldives President Solih briefed Prime Minister Modi on the dire economic situation facing the country as he takes office.
The two leaders discussed ways in which India can continue development partnership, particularly to help the new government in meeting its pledges to the people of the Maldives.
The Maldives leader highlighted the pressing need for increased housing and infrastructure development as well as for establishing water and sewerage systems in the outlying islands.
Modi assured the leader of India’s firm commitment in assisting the nation to achieve sustainable social and economic development.
Modi also conveyed India’s readiness to extend help in every possible way and suggested that both sides should meet at the earliest to work out details as per requirements of the Maldives.
Modi also welcomed the expanding opportunities for Indian companies to invest in the Maldives in different sectors for the mutual benefit of both countries.
The two leaders, while recognising that nationals of both countries travel extensively between the two countries, agreed on the need for facilitating easier visa procedures.
Further, Prime Minister Modi extended an invitation to President Solih to make a state visit to India at his earliest convenience. President Solih accepted the invitation with pleasure. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Maldives is scheduled to make an official visit to India on November 26 to hold further discussions and prepare for the forthcoming state visit of President Solih to India. In return, Modi also accepted the invitation from President Solih to make an official visit to the Maldives in the future.
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