The Foreign Secretary of the Republic of India, H.E. Vinay Mohan Kwatra, called on H.E. President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih this morning at the President's Office.

The President welcomed the Foreign Secretary, and noted that this was his first visit to the Maldives. President Solih praised his extensive career in the diplomatic service. They reminisced about the two countries' close ties, highlighting that the relationship had seen unprecedented growth in recent years.

At the meeting, the Foreign Secretary emphasised that the Maldives' response to the COVID-19 pandemic was exemplary, as the country has nearly restored its economy to pre-pandemic levels. He also stated that the Maldives is one of the most important regional partners, and that India would continue to support numerous developmental projects in the Maldives.

President Solih also stated that India has consistently proven to be the closest friend of the Maldives. Before concluding the call, the President conveyed his gratitude to the Indian government for its continued support and assistance to the Maldives.