President of the Maldives is India for 3-Days State Visit
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President of the Maldives is India for 3-Days State Visit

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Image Attribute: The Indian President Ram Nath Kovind and the Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the President of Maldives, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, during the Ceremonial Reception, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi. December 17, 2018 / Source:  Press Information Bureau

Image Attribute: The Indian President Ram Nath Kovind and the Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the President of Maldives, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, during the Ceremonial Reception, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi. December 17, 2018 / Source:  Press Information Bureau

On December 16, 2018, The President of the Maldives Ibrahim Mohamed Solih arrived here on his first state visit to India to sign a bilateral investment protection agreement with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. His visit will also review security and defense matters, including ongoing projects and new areas of cooperation. The state visit is the result of Modi's invitation made during the inauguration of his presidency on November 17.

He was bestowed with a "Ceremonial Reception" on December 17According to local media sources, Solih will be housed as a "special guest" in Rashtrapati Bhawan (the official residence of the President of India), considered as a "gesture" reserved for close guests such as King of Bhutan and Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. By doing so, India is displaying a special warmth towards the new leader.

He is also scheduled to meet with India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj at the Rashtrapati Bhawan, before holding delegation-level talks with Modi at the Hyderabad House. Exchange of agreements and press statements shall ensue after the meeting between Prime Minister Modi and Solih.

President Solih is also scheduled to hold separate meetings with the Indian President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice President Venkaiah Naidu at the Rashtrapati Bhawan on the same day. Solih will then leave for the Maldives on December 18.

The decision regarding Solih’s visit to India was taken at a meeting between Sushma Swaraj and Maldives Foreign minister Abdulla Shahid when the latter visited New Delhi on November 26. Shahid was accompanied by Finance minister Ibrahim Ameer, Economic Development minister Fayyaz Ismail, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Ahmed Khaleel and Foreign secretary Abdul Ghafoor Mohamed.

During that meeting, Sushma Swaraj told her Maldivian counterpart, Abdulla Shahid, that in line with the government of India’s neighborhood-first policy, India will fully support the government of Maldives in its socio-economic development.

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On December 16, 2018, while addressing the India-Maldives Business Forum organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), President Solih said "India is not only our closest friend, but it is also our largest trading partner. The economic success India has achieved after liberalizing its economy is worthy of the highest praise". He further added,"There are no obstacles in Maldives to the full ownership of investment by overseas investors and Maldives is committed to the protection and legal cover to overseas business".

On December 17, 2018, during the ongoing state visit of President Solih, Maldives recalled its envoy to New Delhi. Ahmed Mohamed, who was appointed as an ambassador by former President Abdullah Yameen and is considered to be close to him, gave up his position today. The move comes days after the new government led by Solih took charge.

On December 17, 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced US$ 1.4 billion financial assistance to Maldives after he held delegation-level talks with President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih. Both the countries also signed the following agreements;

1. Agreement on the Facilitation of Visa Arrangements

Signed on the Indian side by Sushma Swaraj, External Affairs Minister
Signed on the Maldives side by Shahid Abdulla,Minister of Foreign Affairs

2. Memorandum of Understanding on Cultural Cooperation

Signed on the Indian side by Arun Goel, Secretary, Ministry of Culture
Signed on the Maldives side by Shahid Abdulla, Minister of Foreign Affairs

3. Memorandum of Understanding for Establishing Mutual Cooperation to Improve the Ecosystem for Agribusiness

Signed on the Indian side by Akhilesh Mishra, Ambassador of India to Maldives
Signed on the Maldives side by Fayyaz Ismail, Minister of Economic Development

4. Joint Declaration of Intent on Cooperation in the field of Information & Communications Technology and Electronics

Signed on the Indian side by Akhilesh Mishra, Ambassador of India to Maldives
Signed on the Maldives side by Mohamed Aslam, Minister of National Planning and Infrastructure

This is a developing story

With reporting by Avas Online, Press Information Bureau and The Indian Express