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Indian PM Modi likely to attend Solih's presidential inauguration

01 November 2018, MVT 16:33
FILE PHOTO: This handout photo released by India's Press Information Bureau and taken on September 24, 2018, shows Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) addressing a gathering at the inauguration of the Pakyong Airport in Gangtok. / AFP PHOTO / PIB / Handout /
01 November 2018, MVT 16:33

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to attend the oath-taking ceremony of President-Elect Ibrahim Mahmood Solih on November 17.

According to media reports, New Delhi has sent "positive signals" in response to the invitation for the presidential inauguration. Sources have also revealed that there would be a bilateral meeting between the two leaders on the sidelines of the ceremony.

Solih's spokesperson Mariya Ahmed Didi had earlier stated that the official invitation is being processed through diplomatic channels.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the first world leader to call Solih and congratulate him on his victory and conveyed his good wishes for the strengthening of peace, democracy, peace and prosperity.

"The two leaders agreed to work closely together to further strengthen the close, friendly and good relations between the two countries," said a statement from the Indian Prime Minister's Office.

India had earlier stated that the election marks the "triumph" of democratic forces in the Maldives.

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