PM Modi Arrives In Maldives On First Foreign Visit After Re-Election

Male: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in the Maldives on Saturday, on his first foreign visit after re-election to strengthen the bilateral ties.

The two-day visit is aimed at further cementing ties with the Indian Ocean archipelago.

PM Modi was received at Male airport by Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid.

“Friendship forever! PM @narendramodi arrives in Male, capital of Maldives to a warm reception by Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid. PM was last here for President (Ibrahim Mohamed) Solih’s inauguration ceremony in November 2018,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said on Twitter.

PM Modi will be conferred with the Maldives’ highest honour “Rule of Nishan Izzuddeen” during his visit.

“The Most Honourable Order of the Distinguished Rule of Nishan Izzuddeen” is the Maldives’ highest honour accorded to foreign dignitaries, Foreign Minister Shahid said on Twitter ahead of his visit.

PM Modi on Friday said his visit to the Maldives reflects the importance India attaches to its ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy. He added that India considers the Maldives as a valued partner with whom it shares deep bonds of history and culture.

During the visit, Prime Minister Modi will also address the Maldivian Parliament, the Majlis, an indication of India’s important position in the neighbourhood.

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