Published: Sat, June 08, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Modi to visit Sri Lanka on June 9

Modi to visit Sri Lanka on June 9

PM Modi will also call on other top government officials and politicians, including Vice President Faisal Naseem, Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid, former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, Minister of Home Affairs Imran Abdulla, and Jumhooree Party leader Qasim Ibrahim.

Indian news media has noted that Modi had not visited The Maldives during his first term as PM, partly due to a downturn in Delhi's ties with the previous regime in Male.

While there has been criticism over the timing of an upcoming parliament sitting, where India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi is to deliver a statement, the People's Majlis has said that this was the only available for the prime minister.

Modi's trip to Sri Lanka and Maldives will be his first foreign trip since his re-election. While Russia conferred PM with it "Order of St Andrew the Apostle", UAE conferred with him with the Zayed Medal. "My visit to the Maldives is reflective of the importance we both attach to our relationship as maritime neighbours and long-standing friends", Modi said. I had the pleasure of meeting President Sirisena during his recent visit to India to attend the swearing-in ceremony of the new government.

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From ferry services and port terminals to a new national cricket stadium, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to come bearing gifts on his visit to neighbours Sri Lanka and the Maldives this weekend. He will then visit Sri Lanka on June 9 with a "very clear message of solidarity" in the wake of the Easter bombings, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said. However, the progress on the Action Plan slowed down when Maldives was under President Abdulla Yameen's rule. The two countries have also chose to hold the Maldives-India business forum later this year to boost private sector investments.

The two leaders will jointly inaugurate two defence related projects - a coastal surveillance radar system and composite training centre for Maldives National Defence Forces (MNDF), strengthening defence ties, they said.

He will hold talks with President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.

The Ministry also said that External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will visit Bhutan from June 7 to June 8. Our bilateral relations with the Maldives have been greatly strengthened in the recent past.

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