India eases on visa requirements for Maldivians

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Foreign Minister of Maldives, Abdulla Shahid (R) having a conversation about the easing of visa for Maldivians. | Photo: Abdulla Shahid

Male’, Maldives – The Foreign Minister of Maldives, Abdulla Shahid thanks neighboring country, India, for easing the visa of Maldivian citizens.

On November 01, Minister Shahid took on to tweeter to thank both the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi and the External Affairs Minister of India Dr. S Jaishankar for giving the wonderful assistance of easing the visas. While the required medical visas are already being issued in India, visas will now easily be available to Maldivian students, their guardians, and for people who travel for business purposes as well.

After the current government took office, Indian support through various projects has been seen all around the Maldives and specially during the pandemic. India has also announced a USD500 million package for the Male’-Thilafushi bridge which is in it’s preliminary stage right now. In addition to this, seven projects through Indian credit lines are to commence as well.

In addition to this, Minister Shahid also tweeted marking the 55 year old partnership of Maldives and India. He said on November 1st of 1965, India recognized Maldives as an independent country and has grown a strong relationship with the island nation since then.

Although the historic relations between India and Maldives turned sour due to several problems during the presidency of Yameen, the relationship has now improved by a great extend since the Current President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih took over in November 2018.