Prime Min­is­ter to visit Male

The Hindu Business Line - - NEWS - PTI

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.

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