New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the President of Maldives Ibrahim Mohamed Solih yesterday jointly inaugurated several key development projects in Maldives via video conference. These included gifting of Coast Guard Ship Kaamiyaab, made in India, to Maldives; launch of RuPay card; lighting up of Maldives capital Malé using LED lights; High Impact Community Development Projects; and the launch of fish processing plants.
Congratulating Solih on completing the first year of his Presidency, Modi said it was a significant year for the India-Maldives relationship, adding that India’s ‘Neighbourhood First’ Policy and Maldives’ ‘India First’ Policy has strengthened the bilateral cooperation in all sectors.
Speaking about the Fast Interceptor Craft Coast Guard Ship Kaamiyaab, Modi said it will help in enhancing Maldives’ maritime security, and promote blue economy and tourism. The Prime Minister also expressed happiness at partnering through High Impact Community Development Projects to support the livelihood of the island community.
Modi noted that people-to-people contact is one of the keys aspects of close relations between both countries, and observed that India’s tourist figures in Maldives have more than doubled, while 3 direct flights from Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru have also started this week. He said the launch of RuPay payment mechanism would further ease travel of Indians to Maldives.
The PM said the Government is working on building a cancer hospital and cricket stadium in Hulhulmale, while work on the water and sanitation project in 34 islands will begin soon.
Modi reiterated his commitment to continue partnering with Maldives for strengthening of democracy and development, and said both countries would enhance cooperation for peace and security in the Indian Ocean Region.
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