India- Maldives Relations: India and Maldives signed six agreements after the summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Maldivian President Ibrahim Solih on Tuesday. PM Modi and Maldivian President Solih launched ‘Greater Mail Connectivity Projects in Maldives’.
Agreements have been signed between the two countries to enhance cooperation in capacity building, cyber security, housing, disaster management and infrastructure. After the summit, Prime Minister Modi said that it has been decided to provide an additional line of credit of USD 100 million to Maldives so that all projects can be completed in time. He said that the friendly relations between the two countries have seen a renewed vigor and closeness has increased.
He said, ‘Despite the challenges posed by the Kovid epidemic, our cooperation is taking the form of a broad partnership.’ The Prime Minister said that the threat of transnational crime, terrorism and drug trafficking in the Indian Ocean is grave. He said that close relations between India-Maldives are important for peace.
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He said that India-Maldives partnership is not only working in the interest of the citizens of both the countries but it is also becoming a source of stability. The Prime Minister said that India has been the first to respond to any need or crisis of Maldives and will continue to do so. At the same time, President of Maldives Solih said that we reiterate our firm commitment to tackle the menace of terrorism.
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He said that Maldives will remain a true friend of India. Solih arrived in Delhi on Monday for a four-day visit to India along with a high-level delegation. Maldives is one of India’s major maritime neighbors in the Indian Ocean region and overall bilateral relations, including in the areas of defense and security, have grown over the years.
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