Modi to attend oath ceremony of Prez-elect of Maldives
Sending out a huge message on the revival of ties, the Ministry of External Affairs on Friday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the swearing-in ceremony of Maldivian president-elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on November 17. This will be Modi’s first visit to the Maldives after assuming office. In March 2015, his visit was cancelled owing to the volatile political situation in that country. Announcing Modi’s day-long visit, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said the PM has accepted Solih’s invite to attend the ceremony “with pleasure”. Kumar, however, made it clear that it is not a “bilateral visit”. “In keeping with its neighborhood first policy, India looks forward to closely working with Maldives in further deepening the partnership,” Kumar said. The PM will also visit Singapore to take part in the 13th East Asia Summit and other meetings on November 14 and 15, Kumar said at a media briefing. Solih had won the Maldives presidential election on the September 23.