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New Delhi: Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih is set to visit India coming week to review the progress made in this wide- ranging cooperation between the two countries.

During his India visit, Solih will meet President Droupadi Murmu and hold addresses with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Speaking at a press briefing, Ministry of External Affairs( MEA) – Arindam Bagchi said External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will also call on the Maldives President.

“Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih will pay an official visit to India from August 1-4. President Solih will be accompanied by high-level officials and a business delegation. During the visit, President Solih will meet the President of India and hold talks with the Prime Minister. External Affairs Minister will call on President Solih,” said Bagchi.

“Besides his official engagements in New Delhi, President Solih will be holding a discussion with an Indian business delegation. During his visit, he will visit Mumbai and participate in business events there,” he added.

The MEA’s person noted that the Maldives is India’s crucial neighbour in the Indian Ocean region and occupies a special place in the country’s Neighbourhood First policy.

“In recent years, the partnership has seen rapid growth in all areas of partnership and President Solih’s upcoming visit will provide an opportunity for the two leaders to review the progress made in this wide-ranging partnership and impart direction to the two sides that lent further momentum to this strong partnership that we have,” he said.

For India, the Maldives has constantly been a near and crucial maritime neighbour. Multifaceted ties among the 2 nations have reinforced in spite of the pandemic-associated disruptions.

India’s “Neighbourhood First” coverage and Maldives’s “India First” coverage paintings in tandem to address shared worries and develop mutual interests. Back in March, President Solih highlighted the superb function performed via way of means of India withinside the ultimate years.

In a countrywide address, Solih thanked the Indian authorities for its function in supporting with the COVID-19 pandemic, inclusive of gifting vaccines. Solih referred to numerous pleasant bilateral partners. However, he singled out New Delhi for helping the Maldives’ COVID-19 reaction efforts.

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