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.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in Maldives today.
PM Modi with Maldives Vice President Faisal Naseem
See photos: PM Modi addresses Maldives Parliament
Opening a new chapter in bilateral relationship— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) June 8, 2019
PM @narendramodi addressed the People’s Majlis. Inviting the Prime Minister to address was the first decision of the new Majlis reflecting the close bonds of friendship between India and Maldives. pic.twitter.com/bjlAJD6g8t
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.
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.
#WATCH PM Narendra Modi at Maldivian Parliament, "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." pic.twitter.com/dvTPvSs4aF— ANI (@ANI) June 8, 2019
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.
It is a happy day for all Maldivians. A great and dear friend of ours PM @NarendraModi 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. pic.twitter.com/zaWYNbhlxe— Ibrahim Mohamed Solih (@ibusolih) June 8, 2019
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.
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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.
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.
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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 conferred with Maldives' highest honour
Maldives President Solih conferred upon PM Modi the island nation's highest honour “Rule of Nishan Izzuddeen”.
#WATCH President of Maldives, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih confers upon PM Narendra Modi, Maldives' highest honour accorded to foreign dignitaries, 'The Most Honourable Order of the Distinguished Rule of Nishan Izzuddeen'. pic.twitter.com/dzl79XZXzN— ANI (@ANI) June 8, 2019
'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."
Mutually beneficial partnership— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) June 8, 2019
Warm discussions marked the meeting between PM @narendramodi & President of Maldives @ibusolih. Focus on further deepening our special relationship by expanding cooperation across sectors. pic.twitter.com/teJz2SZxMO
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)
Indians in Maldives welcome PM Modi
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.
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.
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.