Minister Shahid leaves for India on official visit

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Maldives, Abdullah Shahid | Photo: Ahmed Awshan Ilyas

Malé, Maldives – Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that Minister Abdulla Shahid has departed to India on an official visit.

The Foreign Ministry stated today, that on his visit, Minister Shahid would meet with Minister of External Affairs of India Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, to talk about bilateral and multilateral issues. Minister Shahid’s visit to India is from April 15 to April 16.

Minister Shahid’s trip to India comes while Dr. Jaishankar had visited Maldives last February at the invitation of Foreign Minister Shahid, which marked his second official visit to Maldives, following his visit to attend the 5th Indian Ocean Conference back in 2019.

Dr. Jaishankar’s visit came two months after India, Maldives and Sri Lanka held the 4th trilateral meeting on Maritime and Security Cooperation in which New Delhi was represented by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval. 

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih also met with Dr Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, Minister of External Affairs of India, at the President’s Office. The President and Minister spoke at length on the long-standing and friendly bilateral relationship between the two countries.

They also discussed a wide range of development cooperation projects being taken forward in the Maldives, with Indian assistance. These include roads and storm drainage systems in Addu city, water and sewerage projects in 34 islands, and the Greater Male’ Connectivity project – all of them taken forward under the Line of Credit agreement the Maldives had with India.