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Maldivian President Modi reviews progress in ties

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New Delhi, Aug 2 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih reviewed the progress of bilateral relations between the two nations on Tuesday.

Sharing photos from the meeting at Hyderabad House, External Affairs Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi said the two leaders also “discussed ways to further deepen the special partnership”.

After their one-on-one, Modi and Solih also led India-Maldives delegation-level talks during which the two sides will review bilateral relations and discuss ways to strengthen ties in areas of development partnership, commerce, connectivity and P2P links, among others. ‘, said the spokesperson.

Solih, who arrived in the national capital on Monday for a four-day visit to the country, also met with Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar.

After their meeting on Monday evening, Jaishankar tweeted: Our Neighborhood First and Maldives India First policies are complementary. They advance our special partnership.

Solih’s last official visit to India was in December 2018, which was also his first overseas tour since taking office earlier that year.

During the 2018 visit, New Delhi announced a $1.4 billion financial aid package and also offered an additional 1,000 scholarships over the next 5 years.

Even Prime Minister Modi chose the Maldives for his first overseas tour after being re-elected in 2019.

Solih also paid an informal visit to Bengaluru in 2019 to discuss the capacity building framework and training of the Maldivian cricket team.

–IANS

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