Malé, Maldives – Foreign Secretary of India, Vinay Mohan Kwatra, called on President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih this morning at the President’s Office.
Foreign Secretary of India Vinay Mohan Kwatra arrived in Maldives today on a three day official trip on the invitation of his Maldivian counterpart, Foreign Secretary Ahmed Latheef.
President Solih welcomed the Foreign Secretary, and noted that this was his first visit to the Maldives. President Solih praised his extensive career in the diplomatic service. They reminisced about the two countries’ close ties, highlighting that the relationship had seen unprecedented growth in recent years.
Indian Foreign Secretary also emphasized that the Maldives’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic was exemplary, as the country has nearly restored its economy to pre-pandemic levels. He also stated that the Maldives is one of the most important regional partners, and that India would continue to support numerous developmental projects in the Maldives.
President Solih also stated that India has consistently proven to be the closest friend of the Maldives. Before concluding the call, the President conveyed his gratitude to the Indian government for its continued support and assistance to the Maldives.
Since 2018, India has significantly stepped up its aid to Maldives in response to concerns about China’s growing influence under the previous government. India is funding several key developmental projects in the island nation since the current administration took office.
India has engaged in 7 major infrastructure projects in the country under $ 800 million Line of Credit–and these include Water and Sewerage network for 34 islands, Addu Roads and Reclamation project, Gulhifalhu Port, (expansion of facilities of Maldives Industrial Fisheries Company, Cricket Stadium in Hulhumale, Hanimaadhoo International Airport expansion and Cancer Hospital in Hulhumale.
Government of Maldives and India signed an agreement earlier today for an additional USD 100 million Line of Credit to complete developmental projects run by India.