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New era of cooperation between India, Maldives: Shahid

26 November 2018, MVT 23:04
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Abdulla Shahid meets with the Indian Minister of External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj. PHOTO: MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
26 November 2018, MVT 23:04

Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdullah Shahid has stated that the newly elected government have entered into “a new era of enhanced cooperation” with India on Monday.

Shahid tweeted that he was “deeply touched and encouraged” after meeting up with the Foreign Minister of India Sushma Swaraj. The details of the meeting, however, were not revealed.

Minister Shahid's tweet following the meeting. IMAGE: TWITTER

Shahid was joined by the Minister of Finance and Treasury Ibrahim Amir and the Minister of Economic Development Fayyaz Ismail, on his official trip to India.

India's response to the meeting held with Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid. IMAGE: TWITTER

The Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi visited the capital city of the Maldives for the first time to participate in the inauguration ceremony of President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on November 17.

The Maldives have appealed to the Indian government for their aid of USD 250-350 million in order to manage the state budget for the following year. Shahid gave an interview to the Strategic News International (SNI) of India reporting that President Solih has already discussed the matter with Prime Minister Modi on his visit to the Maldives.

The former President Yameen’s close relationship with China left their alliance with India on bad terms although President Solih promised to resolve the issues with India before he was elected to office.