Foreign Secretaries of Maldives and India holds official meeting

The Foreign Secretary of India Harsh Vardhan Shringla has arrived on an official visit to the Maldives | Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Male’, Maldives – The Foreign Secretary of the Maldives, Abdul Ghafoor Mohamed and the Foreign Secretary of India, Harsh Vardhan Shringla holds an official meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Maldives tweeted today revealing that the two Foreign Secretaries of Maldives and India held an official meeting to thoroughly discuss about the strengthening and deepening of the multi-faceted relationship between Maldives and India.

According to the Foreign Ministry, the two secretaries discussed about the health cooperation, cultural cooperation, human resource development, and consular and community affairs. 

In addition to this, they also emphasized on how to recover from the Covid-19 virus and the methods that can be used to control the virus. The secretaries further talked about boosting tourism, accelerating the implementation of the ongoing development cooperation projects across the Maldives, and the means of elevating connectivity and bilateral trade between the two countries.

Foreign Secretary Ghafoor took this opportunity to express gratitude to the Government of India for the constant support and commitment shown to the people, and the development of the Maldives.

The two countries have had a valuable history for several decades. India and Maldives celebrated the 55th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations.

During the pandemic, India has been continuously assisting the Maldivian government in providing necessary food and medicine supplies and has promised to maintain a steady flow of basic necessities. Indian government also sent a team of doctors in March of this year to assist in the Covid-19 preparedness followed by 11.7 tonnes of medicines in April and May.

Harsh Vardhan Shringla who took office in January 29 of this year is the 33rd Foreign Secretary of India. He previously served as the Ambassador of India to the United States of America, High Commissioner to Bangladesh and Ambassador to Thailand.