PM Modi to meet President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to hold talks with Maldives’ President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on August 2, 2022 in New Delhi. During the talks, both the leaders are likely to sign several agreements. President of Maldives in on a four-day visit to India.

  • The Maldives is key neighbour of India, in the Indian Ocean Region.
  • It has a special place in India’s Neighbourhood First policy.
  • Partnership between India and Maldives has strengthened across all areas of cooperation.
  • Visit of Maldivian President will provide opportunities to leaders to review the progress made in partnership.

India-Maldives Relations:

India was first among countries, that recognised the Independent Maldives in 1965. India was also the first among countries to establish diplomatic relations with Maldives. Both the countries share linguistic, ethnic, cultural, religious and commercial ties. Maldives started its full-fledged High Commission in New Delhi in November 2004.  Maldives has extended its support to India, consistently, at multilateral for a like United nations, the Commonwealth, the NAM and the SAARC. India has actively aided Maldives. After the 2004 tsunami in Maldives, India was the first country send relief and aid to the Maldives.

Significance of Maldives for India:

Maldives acts as a Toll Gate for India in Indian Ocean. Maldives is situated at the southern and northern parts of island chain. It includes two important Sea Lanes of Communication, which are significant for the flow of maritime trade between Gulf of Aden and Gulf of Hormuz. Around 50% of external trade of India and 80% of India’s energy imports transit through SLOCs in Arabian Sea.

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