Prime Minister to visit Male
In his first visit as Prime Minister, Narendra Modi will travel to Male on November 17 to attend the swearing-in ceremony of the new Maldivian President, indicating an attempt to mend bilateral ties, which nosedived during the outgoing Abdulla Yameen government. External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said the Prime Minister has accepted President-elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih’s invitation to attend the ceremony. Kumar, however, made it clear that it is not a “bilateral visit”. India-Maldives ties came under strain under Yameen who was perceived to be close to China.