President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih stated Tuesday that strengthening ties with India and other countries of the Indian Ocean Region, is one of the priorities of Maldivian foreign policy.
He made the statement during a meeting with the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.
According to the President's Office, the president assured the prime minister of the archipelago's commitment to enhancing ties with other nations in the region, stating that the 4th Indian Ocean Conference, which was held in Paradise Island Resort earlier in September, highlighted these relations.
During the meeting, President Solih noted that the governments of Maldives and India agreed to cooperate in many areas, including development and infrastructural projects, and economic cooperation. He stated that some of the projects have progressed to the implementation stage, adding that the people of Maldives are already benefitting from them.
President Solih further congratulated Prime Minister Modi for India’s work as a leader of pragmatic climate action, particularly at the UN Climate Action Summit.
Prime Minister congratulated President Solih for the successful IOC held in Maldives.
He also acknowledged that bilateral relations increased between the two South Asian neighbours since President Solih’s administration took office in November 2018.
Both leaders further expressed their commitment to working together towards mutual benefits and to preserve the enduring friendship between Maldives and India.