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Speaker presents copy of first Constitution to Indian PM Modi

Fathmath Shaahunaz
08 June 2019, MVT 20:08
Parliament Speaker Mohamed Nasheed (L) presents the first Constitution of the Maldives to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the former's first state visit to Maldives on June 8, 2019. PHOTO: HUSSAIN WAHEED/MIHAARU
Fathmath Shaahunaz
08 June 2019, MVT 20:08

Speaker of Parliament Mohamed Nasheed presented a copy of the first Constitution of the Maldives to Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi on Saturday.

The former president presented the Constitution after PM Modi concluded his special address to the Maldivian parliament.

Nasheed stated that the gift was in recognition and as gratitude for the defence and security extended by India to the archipelago throughout history.

He noted that the Maldivian parliament, the 'People's Majlis', was born out of the first Constitution which was drafted in 1931 and implemented in 1932, during the reign of Sultan Mohamed Shamsudeen Iskandar III.

Nasheed further expressed wishes for Maldives-India relations to enjoy a happy, prosperous and productive journey in the future, before concluding the sitting.

PM Modi is currently on his first state visit to Maldives, on the invitation of President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih. During the visit, the governments of Maldives and India held high-level official talks and signed six agreements in five varying sectors. Following the parliament address, the president will hold a special banquet in honour of the Indian Prime Minister at Kurumba Village.

The prime minister is scheduled to return to India early Sunday.

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