New Delhi [India], Mar 17 (ANI): outside Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will travel to the Maldives on a -day go to starting Sunday, with an aim to reinforce bilateral ties among the two nations.
Swaraj will visit Male from March 17-18 at the invitation of her Maldivian counterpart Abdulla Shahid. She may be observed by means of foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale and other senior officials, according to the Ministry of external Affairs (MEA).
Swaraj will maintain a bilateral assembly with foreign Minister Shahid she can also take part in delegation-degree conferences with the Minister of Defence Mariya Ahmed Didi, Minister of Finance Ibrahim Ameer, Minister of country wide making plans and Infrastructure Mohamed Aslam, Minister of fitness Abdulla Ameen, Minister of delivery and Civil Aviation Aishath Nahula, Minister of Arts, subculture and heritage Yumna Maumoon, Minister of surroundings, Dr Hussain Rasheed Hassan, and Minister of economic improvement Fayyaz Ismail.
"The ministers will review the entire gamut of bilateral members of the family and talk destiny programme of movement," a announcement positioned out by way of the outside ministry stated.
On March 17, Swaraj is slated to name on Speaker of the Parliament Qasim Ibrahim.
On March 18, she will be able to name on the Maldives' President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih. Maldives' Minister of home Affairs Sheikh Imran Abdulla may even meet the outside Affairs Minister.
"India attaches the very best importance to its members of the familyhip with the Maldives that is marked with the aid of accept as true with, transparency, mutual expertise and sensitivity," the MEA statement said.
Swaraj's visit to the Maldives is aimed at strengthening the "near and friendly family members" between the 2 countries, after ties among New Delhi and Male came below pressure at some point of former Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen's five-yr rule, which noticed him cosying up with China for numerous development tasks, cracking down on dissent and enforcing a state of emergency by jailing opposition leaders.
moreover, there were numerous diplomatic troubles below the Yameen government with many Indian nationals being reportedly denied visas.
Solih's surprise victory inside the Maldives presidential elections in remaining September got here as a first-rate diplomatic victory for India, after New Delhi time and again warned the Yameen authorities to appreciate democratic establishments and unfastened the jailed competition leaders.
prime Minister Narendra Modi had visited the island state for Solih's swearing-in rite in November closing year. For the duration of the visit, Solih briefed the top Minister about Maldives' fragile monetary scenario.
the 2 leaders discussed ways wherein India can retain improvement partnership in numerous sectors, particularly to help the brand new government in assembly its pledges to the humans of the Maldives.
during Solih's visit to India in December ultimate year, New Delhi announced monetary help of USD 1.Four billion to Male within the shape of budgetary support, currency swap and concessional traces of credit score to fulfill the socio-monetary development programmes of the island nation. (ANI)