H.E. Dr. Subrahmahniyam Jaishankar, the Minister of External Affairs of India, paid a courtesy call on H.E. President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on Monday evening. The meeting took place at the Hotel ITC Maurya in New Delhi, India.
The President and the External Affairs Minister spoke about the two countries' exemplary bilateral ties, emphasising the strong resolve to further strengthen close cooperation on mutual interests.
During the meeting, they also discussed projects in the Maldives that are being carried out with the assistance of the Indian government. In this regard, they discussed the Greater Malé Connectivity Project, the social housing development project, and the Addu City Police Academy, among others. The External Affairs Minister went on to say that projects under the Maldives-India collaboration has been progressing and expressed his commitment to further accelerate the ongoing works.
The President expressed gratitude to the Indian government for its aid in the Maldives' socioeconomic development. He assured the External Affairs Minister that the Maldives would uphold the India First Policy and appreciated India’s Neighbourhood First Policy, under which the Maldives benefits immensely.
The President is currently on a four-day official visit to India upon invitation from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. A high-level Maldivian delegation and Maldivian business leaders are accompanying the President on this trip.