PM to at­tend Mal­dives Prez’s swear­ing-in

Hindustan Times (Patiala) - - Nation - HT Cor­re­spon­dent let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com n

Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi will at­tend swear­ing-in cer­e­mony of Mal­dives pres­i­dent-elect Ibrahim Mo­hamed Solih as New Delhi looks to re­set ties fol­low­ing the exit of the pro-China govern­ment of Ab­dulla Yameen.

Modi will make his maiden visit to the In­dian Ocean ar­chi­pel­ago on November 17.

The In­dian premier had can­celled a visit to the Mal­dives in 2015 af­ter for­mer pres­i­dent Mo­hamed Nasheed, per­ceived as close to New Delhi, was de­tained by Yameen’s ad­min­is­tra­tion. As Yameen forged closer ties with China, his ad­min­is­tra­tion had side­lined In­dia, a tra­di­tional ally of the Mal­dives.

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