India’s Neighbourhood First, Maldives’ India First policies are complementary: Jaishankar

India’s Neighbourhood First, Maldives’ India First policies are complementary: Jaishankar

New Delhi: India’s Neighbourhood First and Maldives’ India First policies are complementary to each other, External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar said on Monday as he met President of Maldives Ibrahim Mohamed Solih at Hotel ITC Maurya here.
“Honored to call on President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih during his visit to India. Our Neighbourhood First and Maldives’ India First policies are complementary. They take our special partnership forward,” the Minister said in a tweet.
The President of Maldives Ibrahim Mohamed Solih arrived at Air Force Station Palam in the capital on Monday on an official visit along with a business delegation. He will have talks with President Droupadi Murmu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi to strengthen ties between the two countries.
Solih was received by Union Minister of State for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying Dr Sanjeev Balyan.
There will be a meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the President of Maldives at 11:30 am at Hyderabad House on Tuesday followed by exchange of MoUs and joint press statements.
In the evening, Solih is scheduled to meet President Droupadi Murmu at 4:30 pm on Tuesday.
Solih will enplane for Mumbai on Wednesday morning and participate in business events there. He will be holding discussion with the India business delegation, MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said.
“Needless to say Maldives is India’s key neighbour in the Indian Ocean Region and occupies a special place in India’s neighbourhood first policy,” he said.
In recent years the partnership between the two countries has witnessed rapid growth in all areas of cooperation.
“The upcoming official visit will provide an opportunity for the two leaders to review the progress made in this wide ranging partnership and impart directions to the two sides that will add further momentum to the strong partnership that we have,” Bagchi said.
The Union Cabinet has recently approved an MoU between the two countries for judicial cooperation to accelerate court digitization and boost prospects for startups in both countries.
“In another reaffirmation of our Neighbourhood First policy, today the Cabinet approved signing of an MoU for Judicial Cooperation between India and Maldives. Will accelerate court digitization and boost prospects for IT companies and start-ups in both countries,” External Affairs Minister Dr S. Jaishankar tweeted.
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