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Narendra Modi in Maldives HIGHLIGHTS: State sponsorship of terrorism biggest threat the world faces today, says PM

Narendra Modi in Maldives Today HIGHLIGHTS: PM Modi was conferred with the Maldives' highest honour "Rule of Nishan Izzuddeen" during his first bilateral visit to the island nation in the second term.

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Modi in Maldives HIGHLIGHTS: Prime Minister Narendra Modi was conferred with Maldives’ highest honour by President Ibrahim Solih on Saturday. (Twitter/@PIB_India)

PM Narendra Modi in Maldives HIGHLIGHTS: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday was conferred with the Maldives’ highest honour “Rule of Nishan Izzuddeen” during his first bilateral visit to the island nation in the second term. The Prime Minister held wide-ranging talks with Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and signed six agreements to strengthen bilateral ties in a number of key areas including defence and maritime. Upon his arrival this evening, Modi was greeted at Male airport by Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid and also received a ceremonial welcome by President Solih at Republic Square.

Modi, along with President Solih, will jointly inaugurate two key projects – the Coastal Surveillance Radar System and the Composite Training Centre of the Maldives National Defence Forces –  with an eye on China’s pro-active moves in the Indian Ocean region. Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale had described the two as “important projects”, valued at about Rs 180 crore, which will be remotely inaugurated by the two leaders.

Besides this, Modi will travel to Sri Lanka later in the day where he will review the progress on a key trilateral MoU which India, Japan and Sri Lanka have signed – the development of the East Container Terminal in Colombo, located just about 3 km away from the China-supported “port city”, which is being built on reclaimed land.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in Maldives today.

PM Modi with Maldives Vice President Faisal Naseem

See photos: PM Modi addresses Maldives Parliament

India will help in conservation of Friday Mosque in Maldives: PM Modi

India will contribute to the conservation of one of the Maldives' oldest and iconic Friday Mosque, a historic landmark made up of coral stones, PM Modi assured. "There is no such mosque elsewhere in the world like this historical mosque made up of coral," Modi said, adding that he was happy that the Maldives was working towards sustainable development and has become a part of the International Solar Alliance.

Maldives President thanks Modi for India's support

President Solih thanked the Indian side for providing capacity building support to Maldivian security forces. The two leaders also agreed on the importance of maintaining peace and security in the Indian Ocean Region, and to strengthen coordination in enhancing maritime security in the region, through coordinated patrolling and aerial surveillance, exchange of information, and capacity building.

See photos: PM Modi addresses Maldives Parliament

Time for global conference on terrorism, says PM Modi in Maldives

"Terrorism is a danger not just for a country or region but an entire civilization. State-sponsored terrorism is the biggest threat today. It is time for a global conference on terrorism," Modi said.

PM Modi, President Solih launch two projects in Maldives

Following pacts were signed between the 2 nations today:

Happy days for all Maldivians, says President Solih

"It is a happy day for all Maldivians. A great and dear friend of ours PM Narendra Modi is visiting these shores. It is my great honour to welcome the PM to the Maldives, his first visit overseas since assuming office for a second term," Maldives President Solih posted on Twitter.

India will help conserve Maldives' Friday mosque, says Modi

"I am happy that Maldives is working towards sustainable development and has become a part of the International Solar Alliance. I felt great to have announced today that India will contribute in the conservation of Maldives' Friday Mosque. There's no such mosque elsewhere in the world like this historical mosque made up of coral," Modi said.

World community must fight terrorism, radicalisation: PM Modi

"Terrorism is a danger not just for a country but the entire civilization. State-sponsored terrorism is the biggest threat today. It is important for the world community to come together to fight the challenge of terrorism and radicalization," PM Modi said.

PM Modi reassures support to people of Maldives

"I want to reiterate that the people of India are with the people of Maldives to strengthen their (latter's) country," PM Modi said.

Decision to invite me to Maldives Parliament touched hearts of Indians, says PM Modi

"I'm very happy to be present at People’s Majlis today. This decision to invite me was taken in the very first meeting after Mohamed Nasheed became Maldives' Parliamentary Speaker. This gesture has touched the hearts of every Indian," Modi said.

PM Modi addresses Maldives Parliament

"It is an honour to be among all of you during your first session ever since former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed was elected as Parliament Speaker," PM Modi said.

Watch: PM Modi address Maldives Parliament

PM Modi arrives at Maldives Parliament

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at the People’s Majlis, the Parliament of Maldives.

PM Modi meets Maldives Vice-President

Modi also met Maldives Vice-President Faisal Naseem.

Discussions held on making defence services stronger, says Modi

"By issuing RuPay Card in Maldives, there will be an increase in the number of Indian tourists in Maldives. We will soon take measures in this direction. Also, there have been discussions over making the defense services stronger in Maldives," Modi said.

India willing to help Maldives in every way, says PM Modi

"India gives utmost importance to its relationship with Maldives. We want to have a strong partnership with each other. India is willing to help Maldives in every way possible. May the friendship between India and Maldives last forever," PM Modi said.

India to focus on welfare of people of Maldives: PM Modi

"In order to strengthen the ties between the two nations, India has decided to focus on schemes that will benefit the locals of Maldives," PM Modi said.

PM Modi announces ferry services between Kochi, Male

Ferry services between Kochi and Male will soon begin, says PM Modi.

Award not an honour but respect towards our relations: PM Modi

"I have been conferred with Maldives' highest honour, I humbly accept this it. It is not just an honour conferred upon me but it is respect given to the friendship and relations between our two countries," PM Modi said.

India, Maldives want stability, development: PM Modi

"India has always stood by the Maldives. I thank the Maldives government for its hospitality. The people of both nations want stability and development," PM Modi said.

Watch: PM Modi addresses dignitaries in Maldives

PM Modi is now addressing a joint meeting with President Solih.

Watch: PM Modi conferred with Maldives' highest honour

Maldives President Solih conferred upon PM Modi the island nation's highest honour “Rule of Nishan Izzuddeen”.

'Mutually beneficial partnership', says MEA's Raveesh Kumar

MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted, "Mutually beneficial partnership. Warm discussions marked the meeting between PM Modi and President of Maldives Solih. Focus on further deepening our special relationship by expanding cooperation across sectors." 

India helping in training Maldivian cricket players

India is helping in training Maldivian cricket players and bringing it up to the requisite standard, the External Affairs Ministry said in New Delhi on Thursday. India is also looking into constructing a stadium in the Island nation which is another request made by it, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said. He said the ministry is working with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to train Maldivian cricketers. "A team from the BCCI visited the Maldives earlier in May for the training of Maldivian cricketers, organising coaching programmes and supply of kits," he said.

'Connected by cricket': PM Modi gifts Maldives President a cricket bat

Modi also took gifted Solih a cricket bat during the meeting. "Connected by cricket! My friend, President Ibrahim Solih is an ardent cricket fan, so I presented him a cricket bat that has been signed by #TeamIndia playing at the #CWC19," he tweeted.

PM Modi holds meeting with Maldives President Solih


Prime Minister Narendra Modi is currently holding a meeting with Maldives President Ibrahim Solih in Male. (Twitter/@PIB_India)

See photos: Maldives President receives PM Modi

Modi was received by President Solih this evening. 

Indians in Maldives welcome PM Modi

Besides the dignitaries, Modi also received a warm welcome by the Indian community in the Maldives today.

How is Maldives important to China?

China views the Maldives as key to its Maritime Silk Road project in the Indian Ocean as it has already acquired Hambantota port in Sri Lanka and Djibouti in the Horn of Africa.

PM Modi holds meeting with Maldives President in Male

PM Modi held a meeting with President Solih in Male today.

Modi in Maldives: PM to hold talks with former Prez Abdul Gayoom

Modi is also expected to hold separate discussions with Foreign Minister Shahid and former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom. His visit demonstrates the priority that India attaches to the SAGAR (Security and Growth for All in the Region) doctrine, sources told PTI.

Watch: PM Modi inspects guard of honour at Republic Square

Watch: Maldives President Solih receives Modi at Republic Square

What to expect from Modi's Maldives visit?

To assist the Maldives in its development and revival of its economy, a slew of Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) are expected to be signed, including budgetary support for development projects, extending the Line of Credit for projects like water supply and sewerage, high impact community development projects, customs and white shipping, official sources told PTI. Giving a push to enhance connectivity, India is planning to start a ferry service from Kochi to the Maldives, the sources said. To consolidate people-to-people relations, Modi's latest emphasis is on cricket diplomacy in the island nation, helping the mission of President Solih to develop cricket, they said.

PM Modi to address Maldivian Parliament

During the visit, the Prime Minister will address the Maldivian Parliament, the Majlis, an indication of India's important position in the neighbourhood. He is expected to meet the top leadership of the Maldives to strengthen the relationship at the highest level.

Maldives: PM Modi receives ceremonial welcome at Republic Square

Modi in Maldives: PM arrives at Republic Square for ceremonial welcome

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Modi in Maldives LIVE: Prime Minister Narendra Modi accompanied by Kerala Governor P. Sathasivam, State Devasom Minister Kadakampally Surendran along with other senior BJP leaders, arrives to offer his prayers at Lord Krishna temple in Guruvayur of Thrissur district on Saturday. (PTI)

Ahead of his first visits since winning a second term, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday stressed on “maritime neighbours” and said the visit will strengthen close ties with both countries. This is the most clear indication of the importance attached to the visit, in the backdrop of Beijing’s moves in the neighbourhood.

Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale, when asked, however said, “I don’t think we should see our cooperation with any country in our region as necessarily having some ulterior motive or being directed against another country or being part of some grand strategy. I think our objective is that infrastructure development in our region benefits our economy and the economy of that country.” “We recognise that we have limited capabilities, within those capabilities we are making all efforts bilaterally but when major foreign investors like Japan are also willing to join project which are of our national interest, we have no objection in doing it with them. This is a model I can say you will see not just in Sri Lanka but in the coming days in a couple of other neighbouring countries as well.”

Before the visits, Modi said: “I am confident that my visit to the Maldives and Sri Lanka will further strengthen our close and cordial ties with our maritime neighbours, in line with our ‘Neighbourhood-First Policy’.”