Indian Foreign Secretary Dr S Jaishankar departed Thursday after a two-day official visit to the Maldives for consultations with his counterpart.
Jaishankar paid a courtesy call on President Abdulla Yameen on Thursday morning, during which the president expressed confidence that the visit would “expedite the implementation of the different areas of cooperation between Maldives and India.”
According to the president’s office, Jaishankar conveyed good wishes from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and “assured that India will continue to assist and collaborate with the Maldives to enhance the ties of friendship and cooperation between the two countries.”
The pair also discussed “opportunities for commercial investments in the Maldives.”
Earlier on Thursday, Jaishankar met with Foreign Minister Dr Mohamed Asim and Foreign Secretary Dr Ali Naseer Mohamed. The two foreign secretaries “reviewed the close friendly relations and cooperation” and discussed ways for further strengthening India-Maldives ties, the foreign ministry said.
Jaishankar’s visit came amidst an intensified crackdown on opposition leaders after a failed bid to impeach the speaker and challenge Yameen’s parliamentary majority.
On Thursday, Jumhooree Party leader Gasim Ibrahim and MP Abdulla Riyaz became the latest high-profile politicians to stand trial on contested charges. The government, however, insists that the police and courts are independent, dismissing allegations of harassing and intimidating opposition leaders.
India’s Minister of State for External Affairs Shri M J Akbar also visited the Maldives in late February as a special envoy of the prime minister.
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